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Is your computer slow and behaving abnormally?

Are you experiencing popup hell or are constantly annoyed by unsolicited advertising on your pc screen?

It may be possible that you computer may be infested with malicious software, maybe “spyware”, or worse a “computer virus”.

This malicious software can exist in forms such as adware, spyware, malware, computer virus or Trojan and can cause serious damage to your computer and personal data. These malicious programs are also held responsible for seriously degrading the performance and stability of your computer resulting in loss of important data and thus decreasing the overall productivity of your business.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or you’re unsure if you might have been infected with adware, spyware or a computer virus then click here to get a free online health check-up. If you happen to be infected CONTACT US now to have one of our experienced technicians help you out.

What is a Virus?
A virus is malicious software that exploits weaknesses in a user’s computer, which attaches itself onto existing programs or critical system files  and resides on the computer unbeknownst to the user. Computer Viruses are in essence similar to viruses in biology, hence their name, as they replicate themselves in the computer memory, storage or network. There are thousands of Viruses that infect traditional computers and there are new one discovered every day. Computer Viruses are designed to perform and execute malicious and damaging attacks on the host computer, and each computer virus varies in the level of the damage they can cause to the user’s computer and data.

How can I know if I have a virus?
Due to the scope and nature of computer viruses it can be very difficult for people who aren’t technically minded to identify the presence of malicious software. There are many symptoms to look out for when trying to determine whether or not your computer is infected with a virus, some signs may be:
•    Your computer is exceptionally slow, stops responding, or it locks up frequently;
•    Sudden and unexpected corruptions of programs and important data;
•    Disks or disk drives are inaccessible:
•    The Operating System fails to function properly and fails unexpectedly, crashes, and restarts every few minutes;
•    New icons appear on the desktop that you did not put there, or the icons are not associated with any recently installed programs.

These are familiar indications of infection; however, they may also be caused by failures of hardware peripherals or software that are not affected by computer viruses.
My computer appears to be infected, what do I do now?
There are thousands of Viruses that lurk on the Internet and each Virus requires different software and procedures to be successfully removed from your computer. A simple and thorough scan with up to date Antiviral Software can resolve and clean problems and damage caused by most Viruses, however some particularly stubborn Viruses can be rather difficult to remove completely even with sophisticated and advanced Antivirus applications. In these more extreme cases it may appear that Viruses are completely removed from your system, however they may hide in areas inaccessible and reappear at later times. For these cases it is best to contact us and have one of our experienced technicians help you with virus removal.

What is Spyware?
Spyware, also referred to as adware, applications, as the name may suggest, are computer software that are installed onto your computer in much the same manner of computer viruses: unbeknownst to the user. Spyware applications are insidious computer programs that perform operations which are usually used for marketing research and advertising purposes. Many spyware applications control the user’s browsing experience and against their consent bombarding them with advertising, publicity and redirecting the user’s Web Browser to malicious sites. The nature of the advertising can be multifarious, from the more common forms of advertisement to more abusive forms of publicity. Spyware applications on your computer can be very secretive and perform operations without they user’s knowledge and consent. Some of the tasks performed by computer spyware applications can be:
•    Collect personal information of the user, such browsing habits and preferred sites and search queries;
•    Install additional programs on a user’s computer;
•    Redirect a users to malicious sites or advertisement related sites.
Spyware applications are outlawed applications and many laws counteracting the divulgence of spyware have been passed.

What is Malware?
Malware is a term commonly used to generalise all forms of malicious and harmful software from computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, adware or spyware, to any other form of hostile, undesired and intrusive software. The term originates from the combination of the words “malicious” and “software”.

What is a Trojan?
A Trojan horse program is a form of computer malware which installs itself on a user’s computer; this is done by appearing to do some legitimate task in the foreground while in the background the Trojan horse performs malicious tasks and activities. To understand the concept of a Trojan horse it is useful to look back at ancient Greek mythology:
The original Trojan horse was built during the Trojan Wars. When the Greeks realised their siege on the walls of the city of Troy was being lost, they built a giant wooden horse and left as a boon of peace and outside the city of Troy, after which the Greek army sailed away.
The Trojans believed it to represent the laying down of arms, yet the horse was filled with Greek militia. As the city of Troy rested the hidden Greek soldiers quietly crept out of the horse and opened the gates to the impenetrable city, allowing the returning Greek Army to completely ravage and destroy the city.
This is typically how a Trojan horse program operates, therefore it is useful to note that these programs cannot install themselves autonomously onto a user’s computer, they rely on the actions of the targeted victims, and therefore infection generally happens with the consent of the intended victim.

What is a Worm?
Worms are computer programs which are considered to be “self-replicating”, in other words these viruses use a computer network to copy themselves onto all computers available on the network. While generic computer viruses that attach to existing applications a worm can exist and replicate autonomously.
Worms have been design to replicate to spread across networks, thus they harm and cause disturbance of computer networks and don’t usually attempt to make malicious modifications to the user’s computer, however many have been known to delete critical files on a hasting computer, install backdoors or simple send files through email.