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VIRUS INFORMATION

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Computer Viruses are not just there to make your computer underperform. Viruses severely compromise the safety of your machine. Everything you type or do on an infected computer can quickly belong to a cyber thief. Its not about a slow computer. Its about your security. If your computer is behaving oddly and you suspect a virus, 

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5 Tips That Will Help Keep Your PC Virus Free

1. Keeping Windows Up-To-Date Is The Best Security

2. Never Use Internet Explorer

3. Don't Click On Anything That You're Not Familiar With

4. Microsoft Will Never Contact You

5. There Is No Such Thing As Safe Porn

What is Malware?

Malware is short for malicious software, meaning software that can be used to compromise computer functions, steal data, bypass access controls, or otherwise cause harm to the host computer. Malware is a broad term that refers to a variety of malicious programs. There are several types of malware and some are more serious than others, but all are serious security threats and should be addressed as soon as they are detected. Read below to learn how to identify an infection on your computer. Please don't wait to Contact Us if you suspect a problem on your machine.

Virus

A virus is a form of malware that is capable of copying itself and spreading to other computers. Viruses often spread to other computers by attaching themselves to various programs and executing code when a user launches one of those infected programs. You should suspect a virus if your computer is running unreasonably slow and you are having trouble opening and running programs smoothly. Viruses left unattended can ultimately cause your computer to crash.

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Adware

Adware (short for advertising-supported software) is a type of malware that automatically delivers advertisements. This is an extremely common infection and you'll know you have it if you're getting unwanted pop-ups and decreased speed while browsing the internet. By itself, Adware is more annoying than it is dangerous, but it often comes bundled with Spyware, which makes it a critical security threat.

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Spyware

Spyware is a type of malware that functions by spying on user activity without their knowledge. These spying capabilities can include activity monitoring, collecting keystrokes, and financial data harvesting. Spyware often comes bundled with Adware and is extremely dangerous. Everything you type, including sensitive information, will belong to a thief. Typically, the average user will not detect spyware, so the best defense against spyware is to keep Windows up-to-date and routine professional maintenance.

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Rootkit

A rootkit is a type of malicious software designed to remotely access or control a computer without being detected by users or security programs. Once a rootkit has been installed, it is possible for the malicious party behind the rootkit to remotely execute files, access/steal information, modify system configurations, and alter security software. It is impossible for a user to detect a rootkit, so the best defense against rootkits is regular professional maintenance.

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Trojan

A Trojan horse, commonly known as a “Trojan,” is a type of malware that disguises itself as a normal file or program to trick users into downloading and installing malware. A Trojan can give a malicious party remote access to an infected computer. You'll know you have a trojan if you started experiencing odd computer behavior or poor performance after trying to open a new program. Trojans are common infections but can be a security threat if not removed.

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Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware that essentially holds a computer system captive while demanding a ransom. The malware restricts user access to the computer either by encrypting files on the hard drive or locking down the system and displaying messages that are intended to force the user to pay the malware creator to remove the restrictions and regain access to their computer. Ransomware is the most dangerous infection your computer can suffer. If you are locked out of your computer, Contact Us immediately.

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