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If you are worried about hackers or other threats to your wireless network, you may wonder how to scan a router for malware. Even the best routers, after all, are susceptible to malware and related viruses, so it’s always a good idea to check every once in a while. Keep reading to learn all about this process.
Any device with an operating system (OS) can be infected with malware, and modern routers are no exception. If you are learning how to set up a router as a bridge and you get infected with malware or a virus, you’ll be out of luck. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to suss out potential infections so you can go about learning how to change a router’s security settings and implementing other protections.
If you’re interested in more network protections, you might want to know how to set up UPnP on a router, delete a WiFi network from a router, and how to reset a router password.
Some antivirus software suites, such as Symantec, boast integrated router scanning capabilities.
Perform a full factory reset of the router, restoring all of its default settings. This process will differ according to the make and model of your router, but a full factory reset nearly always puts the kibosh on any malware.
How to remove viruses and malware from an infected router?
Once you are certain via router settings that you have some malware, eliminate it by restoring your router to its factory default settings. Firmware updates also occasionally help.
How to prevent your Linksys router from getting The Moon malware?
Make sure to always update and install the newest router firmware. Check for new releases by inputting your login credentials and heading to the settings app via a web browser, a mobile device, or another connected device.
How much damage could router malware cause?
Unfortunately, routers are indeed a target for hackers and malware can cause a disruption to your entire wireless network.
STAT: Over the past few years, cybersecurity researchers have started to discover malware that can directly affect routers. One notable example is 2016’s Switcher Trojan, which hijacked victims’ Android devices to manipulate their router settings. (source)