Virus Removal is an active service required by most users. Viruses are an ever growing threat in today’s technological society. Between the countless scams and Trojan viruses that can affect any CPU it is important to recognize these threats early and remove them before they can do any real harm to your computer or worse, personal information. Detailed below we will explain the ways to identify these viruses, the harms they can actually cause to your CPU, personal information and why you should trust Houston PC’s virus removal services.
Different Kinds of Viruses/Malware:
- Adware: One of the most common types of viruses out on the market today. Adware specifically targets a person’s interest for obscure commodities and trinkets. Adware in itself is not harmful to personal data and risk of identity theft. It does contribute to slow computer speeds along with potential registry errors (registry errors lead to your operating system suffering from failures to boot, corrupted files and broken applications.) Adware in itself is a very simple virus removal process. Don’t let this linger to long as the side effects could pose more problems down the line.
- Ransomware: Potentially one of the most harmful viruses you can acquire on your computer. If the name doesn’t explain already what it does. Ransomware is a virus that will “hold a computer” hostage. Either being your files or the entire computer itself. If you ever come across a virus of this magnitude, Houston PC Services should be your next call. Never seek these people out, or pay the ransom. Ransomware is made and created by thiefs/criminals/hackers, nothing is assured if the “ransom” is actually paid. *IMPORTANT INFORMATION* When performing a virus removal on ransom ware there are some important factors to take in account. There is never a for sure case of recovering data off a corrupted computer. There have been cases in the past that once the ransomware infected the computer. It completely shred and corrupted every single file stored on the computer. Even if the ransom is paid, the files are already lost due to the corruption of the core algorithms stored inside the file . This is why Houston PC Services stresses the need for routine backups to deter the loss of personal data.
- Rootkits: “Remote access” or being able to control your computer offsite is the direct function of a root kit. Rootkits will infect a CPU, providing the offsite user with direct access to the victims files and programs. It will then being stealing valuable personal information by either executing program on the CPU or monitoring activity. That being said though, rootkits are mischievous malware programs designed to work in stealth. All of the common functions of a rootkit are undetectable an untrained eye. With no malware or antivirus programs readily available on the market to remove these it relies on manual detection. Such as monitoring a CPU for irregular activity (Processor or CPU speed kicks up in a dormant state.) Along with signature scanning and storage dump analysis. If at any point this seems to be a threat, contact Houston PC’s virus removal services to prevent the potential loss and theft of personal data/identity.
- Spyware: Similar to rootkits, spyware monitors a computer from a remote location. Spyware will infect a computer, monitor its keystrokes, active monitoring of screens or worse case scenario, data harvesting. These viruses are usually obtained through them embedding themselves within legitimate programs and breaking through security vulnerabilities when they are installed. Active malware scans and anti virus protocols are usually able to detect these viruses and provide an easy solution to the virus removal process.
- Trojan Horse “Trojan”: Given its name from the story in Greek mythology. A Trojan horse works exactly the same way the Greek’s used a giant wooden horse to invade the city of Troy. These malicious programs will disguise themselves as legitimate programs commonly used by users (I.E. Adobe products, virus protections or other commonly used programs.) Once installed, the hacker has full reign over the user’s computer. It will then move on to install additional malware, steal financial records, modify files or monitor user activity. With virus protections unable to stop these program from being installed. (Conveniently when you go to install a program that has a Trojan attached, it will in turn give it express rights to execute all of its algorithms and code until it is finished. Anti-virus will mostly just tell you to turn away if it believes to be a malicious site or program.) Safe browsing practices are required to stop the threat of Trojan viruses. Constant monitoring of the websites a user goes to, knowing what you are installing before approving the security exception provided by windows. All are useful tricks to prevent the installation of Trojan viruses.
Common symptoms of malware
As previously explained above, all malware has different functions and symptoms. That being so, there are common issues that can easily arise from any unwanted program on a users computer.
- CPU usage greatly increases without new programs or features being installed by a user.
- Files being lost or modified not made by the users.
- Constant freezing or lockups
- Appearance of unknown files, programs or shortcuts.
- Sent e-mails not from the active user
- Programs opening, closing or actively changing
- Internet connectivity errors (Internet is working fine across all devices except the infected computer)
As previously stated above. Malware and viruses can be detrimental to a user’s personal security, identity and all around performance of their computer. Maintaining proper browsing/safe search techniques. Along with keeping an active anti-virus installed on a computer. Are the first steps to preventing these catastrophes from happening. Be it big or small, if one of these viruses were to surface on a computer. Houston PC Services should be your next call for all virus removal needs.