VIRUSES – WHAT, WHERE, HOW & WHY
THE 4 MAIN QUESTIONS OF VIRUSES:
A virus is a piece of software that is designed to multiply and perform malicious tasks on your computer that potentially have harmful consequences.
Viruses can be permitted to install on your computer as they most commonly tag along with loading a webpage or downloads of other software.
Virus files are usually hidden inside your hard drive and lying dormant in the background. More commonly they come in the form of multiple pop-ups.
We get viruses because people and companies use them as a way of making money. Often creating problems on your PC and then asking for personal information such as credit card details to remove them.
Your current anti-virus software will protect you from most viruses circling at present although it is very difficult for these programs to protect you from the very latest viruses. This is because your anti-virus software uses something called a virus definition to stop those nasty pieces of malware from infecting your computer. A virus definition is a trace of the virus itself which your anti-virus program uses to look for harmful software on the websites you are browsing. It warns you if it finds something similar or part of the virus definition that it has been told to look for. Unfortunately because new viruses are being created each and every day, your anti-virus program is not able to stop those ‘zero day’ viruses that it does not have the definition for. Zero day viruses are pieces of malicious software that have been created and released within the last 24 hours.
An operating system allows users to install programs freely, for example iTunes, Microsoft Office and Adobe products such as Light Room and Photoshop. As viruses are also programs, your operating system permits them to be installed when the user gives permission, this is where your anti-virus program comes in. Viruses can be permitted to install on your computer as they sometimes tag along with downloads of other software. You have given permission for a particular software to be downloaded and installed on your computer and the virus file is hidden inside this download. This can lead to infection. Your anti-virus program uses the virus definitions to identify the malicious software and notify you that it is trying to be installed on your PC letting you stop the download. Unfortunately those zero day viruses can slip through to be installed on your computer and can cause further problems. No anti-virus program is 100% effective against viruses, although a paid version can protect a whole lot more than a free version can. Paid versions of anti-virus have extra features that free ones cannot provide. They have extra protection when you are performing sensitive online tasks such as internet banking or simply just browsing the web.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A VIRUS INFECTION
Fake Anti-virus Programs
Sometime you may find a suspicious style application on your machine pretending to be an Anti-Virus program. These “Imposters” tell you that your computer is infected with a multitude of viruses and requests payment to remove them.
Some infections can cause multiple popups to appear, these could be a random application you were not aware was installed or could even be a large amount of browser windows. These viruses in most cases tend to be a nuisance rather than malicious.
Slower Computer Performance or Freezing
Some nasty infections will start a large amount of the same infected process on your computer causing the machine to below extremely slow and eventually freeze altogether.
Search Engine Redirects
An extremely common infection is the Search Engine Redirect. This type of infection tends to takeover your web browser and when clicking on a search link will instead take you to a different page. Mainly these pages are gambling sites or shopping sites or in some cases other sites designed to infect you further.
Internet Access Denied, Disabled or Slow
Infections may cause your wireless internet connection to stop working. The virus installs software that corrupts the wireless driver and prevents you from using the internet. Re-installing the driver does not fix the issue until the virus is completely removed from your device.
Lasar Virus Removal
Lasar Virus Removal
As there are many different viruses being created each day, a professional virus removal may be required. A virus removal requires the technical skill of being able to remove malicious software and files from your operating system while leaving your user data untouched and in working order.
Is that Phone Number Genuine?
Is that Phone Number Genuine?
Some repair companies claim that they will fix all of the issues that you are having with your computer – including virus removals – by logging into your computer remotely. Unfortunately most phone calls you will get providing services for your personal computer will be scams. Be cautious when giving out personal information.
We locate virus files and isolate them to determine how much damage has been caused and the best method for removal. Other unproved methods leave traces of the virus that can at later stages arc up again and re-infect your computer.