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Malware & Virus Removal
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Malware and Virus Removal
Removing a computer virus or spyware can be difficult without the help of specialist malicious software removal tools. Some computer viruses and other unwanted software reinstall themselves after the viruses and spyware are detected and removed.
What are viruses?
Viruses are small files that attach to emails or downloads and infect your computer which is why you need virus protection. They can be as harmless as displaying pictures on your monitor, or they can go through your address book and send everyone within your address book the same virus. More dangerous versions can completely crash your computer, steal your information, take over your machine and send spam from your computer.
Some viruses can even disable protection
Some computer virus can even disable antivirus protections and prevent you from accessing operating system update servers to install the latest updates.
Some infiltrations are obvious, you may have noticed a drop in performance or that your browser homepage has changed, or you are receiving frequent unwanted pop-ups.
Others can be more subtle, using a portion of your computers resources in the background to act as a larger ‘botnet’ to carry out attacks on targets as a group of infected computers without your knowledge
A virus usually comes as an attachment in an email that holds a virus payload, or the part of the malware that performs the malicious action. Once the victim opens the file, the device is infected.
One of the most profitable, and therefore one of the most popular, types of malware amongst cybercriminals is ransomware. This malware installs itself onto a victim’s machine, encrypts their files, and then turns around and demands a ransom (usually in Bitcoin) to return that data to the user.
Cybercriminals scare us into thinking that our computers or smartphones have become infected to convince victims to purchase a fake application. In a typical scareware scam, you might see an alarming message while browsing the Web that says “Warning: Your computer is infected!” or “You have a virus!” Cybercriminals use these programs and unethical advertising practices to frighten users into purchasing rogue applications.
Worms have the ability to copy themselves from machine to machine, usually by exploiting some sort of security weakness in a software or operating system and don’t require user interaction to function.
Spyware is a program installed on your computer, usually without your explicit knowledge, that captures and transmits personal information or Internet browsing habits and details to its user. Spyware enables its users to monitor all forms of communications on the targeted device. Spyware is often used by law enforcement, government agencies and information security organizations to test and monitor communications in a sensitive environment or in an investigation. But spyware is also available to consumers, allowing purchasers to spy on their spouse, children and employees.
If you think your machine is infected or If you’re computer has been compromised by malicious code, get in touch today and one of our experts will assist clean the device and work hard to restore your data
- Virus Removal
- Malware Removal
- Ransomware Protection