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Virus and Malware Removal

Is your computer slow? Do you have constant popups? Are your applications not working as they should?

You may be dealing with malware or a virus. Bring your computer in today. We can determine whether your computer has been infected or not. We offer professional removal services. We scan, detect, remove and provide further protection to prevent other viruses and forms of malware.

What is a virus?

A computer virus is a small software program that spreads from one computer to another and interferes with computer operation. A computer virus might corrupt or delete data on a computer, use an email program to spread the virus to other computers, or even delete everything on the hard disk.

What is malware?

Malware is a term that is used for malicious software that is designed to do damage or unwanted actions to a computer system.

Inform Yourself

Infections can be devastating to an individual or organization, and recovery can be a difficult process that may require the services of a reputable data recovery specialist.

 

10 Types of Malware

is a type of malware that replicates it self by inserting code into other programs when it is activated

Is a type of malware that replicates itself in order to move across the network and infect other computers

Is a fake version of a legitimate program filled with malware. The malware is activated once the program is opened

A malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or network until a sum of money is paid. This type of malware has become more used in recent years by hackers

Is a type of malware that infects a computer to carry out commands of the hacker. When many computers are infected by the same malware and controlled it is called a botnet

Is a type of malware that displays unwanted pop-up ads, This most often happens inside of a website.

Is a software that aims to gather information about a person or organization and send it to another entity to harm the user

Is a type of software that allows an unauthorized user to gain control without being noticed

this malicious software uses legitimate programs to infect a computer. However it does not leave a footprint on the programs it has infected

Is an online advertisement that incorporate or install malware

Top 10 Ransomware Attacks

Locky is a form of ransomware that was initially launched by an organized group of hackers in a 2016 attack. Locky spreads by deceiving victims into installing it via false emails with infected attachments. It can encrypt over 160 file types.

In 2017, a ransomware outbreak known as WannaCry swept across 150 nations. It was purportedly built by the US National Security Agency and published by the Shadow Brokers organization. It was designed to attack a vulnerability in Windows. WannaCry infected 230,000 computers around the world. The hack impacted one-third of UK hospital trusts, costing the NHS £92 million. 

Bad Rabbit is a ransomware attack from 2017 that spreads using a technique known as a “drive-by” attack, in which unsecured websites are targeted and used to carry out an attack.

The Ryuk ransomware, which was first discovered in August 2018, disables Windows System Restore, making it impossible to recover encrypted information without a backup. Ryuk encrypts network drives as well. 

In 2015, the Troldesh ransomware assault propagated by spam emails containing infected links or attachments. Interestingly, the Troldesh perpetrators demanded ransoms directly from victims via email.

Jigsaw is a ransomware campaign that began in 2016 and continues to this day. The picture of the puppet from the Saw film franchise served as the inspiration for this attack. With each hour that the ransom demand went unmet, Jigsaw erased more of the victim’s files. The utilization of horror movie iconography in this attack added to the anguish of the victims.

CryptoLocker is a ransomware infection that originally appeared in 2007 and spreads via malicious email attachments. It looked for valuable data to encrypt and hold to ransom after it had gained access to your machine.

This ransomware encrypts the entire hard disk of the victim. It accomplishes this by encrypting the primary file table, making access to files on the drive impossible. Petya spread among HR departments after a phishing email with a bogus job application was sent out.

GoldenEye resulted in a global ransomware outbreak in 2017. GoldenEye,  struck over 2,000 targets, including major Russian oil companies and banks. GoldenEye even compelled Chernobyl nuclear facility staff to physically check radiation levels after they were shut out of their Windows PCs.

GandCrab thieves claimed to have hacked a user’s webcam and demanded a ransom or the embarrassing film will be made public. GandCrab has grown into many variants since its debut in January 2018.

Virus Alert from Microsoft Tech Support Scam

For the most part, if you see a browser based tech support scam, then you can simply close the browser and start it again. On the other hand, if you are continuously seeing scams like the “Virus Alert from Microsoft” scam, then you should scan your computer for adware and remove anything that is found.

This is a scam.

Microsoft Warning Alert is another fraudulent alert that roams the web aiming to trick users into believing that their machines are infected with some malicious spyware/riskware

If you get this notice or you are unsure if you have been infected, contact us.