What is the RavMonE Virus?

The RavMonE virus is a computer virus that affects PCs running Windows, and lowers the security of your computer by creating a back door. A back door is essentially a way that hackers or programmers can gain access to your computer files without going through security protocol. This means that when you are online, hackers could potentially gather information from your computer without your knowledge. Fortunately this virus is easy to defeat with anti-viral software, but you do need to have that software installed, and make certain that you are running it regularly to check for new viruses.

RavMonE virus may be alternately known by the name W32/Rjump and common methods that the virus gets spread is through opening emails or attachments that are unknown. The virus does not affect Mac computers, but interestingly it can be spread through Mac devices. One of the most startling examples of the spread of the RavMonE virus occurred in 2006, when brand new Apple Ipods were found to contain the virus. Though Mac users didn’t have to worry about back door creation on their computers, people who used their Ipods on Windows PCs did, and Apple very quickly noted the problem.

This example tells a lot about the RavMonE virus and its capability, since the virus can spread from devices you’d use with your computer, including organizers, cameras, flash drives, and MP3 players, and it can easily be carried on devices where it doesn’t serve a purpose. What does occur once the RavMonE virus comes into contact with a Windows PC is that it will set up a port number through which a hacker can gain access to your computer files, so it can be damaging to personal or business security if the virus remains undetected.

Since the RavMonE virus can be easily detected and defeated, it usually doesn’t pose a significant problem. It is a good idea, especially if you buy any used or even new computer accessories, like those mentioned above, to check for the virus, once you’ve started using these attachments with your computer. Don’t rely on the “safety” of new digital cameras, flash drives or iPods. Instead, run anti-virus software on a regular basis.

Additionally, since you can get this virus through email attachments, it always makes good sense to avoid opening attachments from people you don’t know. Some anti-virus software can scan all attachments to detect certain known viruses. Yet it is better not to open things that don’t come from a known source, and even people you know and love can occasionally unintentionally pass on a virus.