Virus, Malware & Spyware Removal
Nothing can disable a computer quicker than a virus or spyware, and it can happen without you even realizing it. You click a link or make what you think is a harmless download, and next thing you know, your computer becomes inundated with pop-up ads, or you find yourself redirected to another site. Those are just the minimal effects of spyware. The more severe malware attacks can result in a compromise of your personal information.
So, what is malware? How does it affect you, and what can you do to stop it? We have the answers and Geeks on Site’s experts are standing by to answer any of your questions.
What is malware?
Malware is a general term for malicious coding, or the insertion of a file designed to damage a user’s device and/or their network. It can specifically cause malfunctions, slow down your computer’s performance, and destroy files and data. Malware can take many forms. If you suspect that your device or network may have fallen victim to malware, you will want to speak with an expert as soon as possible. Here at Geeks on Site, we are ready to properly diagnose and help you remove any malware from your devices and prevent future attacks. Our experts can help you create the perfect line of defense, either remotely or in your home, against all kinds of digital threats today and in the future through Geeks on Site’s ongoing support program, Geeks for Life.
You are likely familiar with computer viruses, as they are the most common type of malware. A virus usually spreads through infected websites, email attachments, or other shared files. When an infected program launches, this low-profile form of malware can override programs, self-replicate, and quickly spread unnoticed.
This form of malware is specifically created to steal your personal information including social security numbers, credit card numbers and PINs, and other personal information. Spyware is designed to trick you into downloading it by either offering some incentive, discount, something free or a desirable functionality you may want at a deal too good to be true.
Ever wonder why you often need to prove you are not a robot when logging into various websites? That check is to ensure you are not a bot. Bots are devices that have been taken over by hackers and are being used to obtain information without your knowledge.
Think about all the personal information and files that are on your devices. Now, imagine someone holding your access to that information for ransom. Ransomware is just that – malware that holds your data for ransom, and it has caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage.
These digital parasites delete or edit files and leave behind malicious software that can destroy an entire network. Additionally, worms can spread to other computers very quickly and can even overload your network’s server.
- Spam and Adware
Spam and adware may seem harmless, but that is not always the case. Although they may appear to be advertising, spam emails and attachments can exploit and steal personal information.
Prevention of Malware on Your Computer
Malware may not be something you are concerned with daily, however, if it happens to you it will turn your life upside down if you are dependent upon your computer.
Are you sure you are protected against hackers and malware? If not, you should consider taking measures to protect your devices, network, and personal information. Our certified Geeks on Site professionals can help set up antivirus software remotely or in person that acts as a barrier from any outside attacks. We can also offer various tips to help you keep yourself from becoming a victim of any attacks or scams. Our team will provide extra peace of mind and run the diagnostic checks on your computer once a month or as needed through our Geeks for Life membership.
If you find yourself at the mercy of malware, count on Geeks on Site to come to the rescue! We will remove any viruses, malware, or spyware that has infected your system, and help you keep your home or office computer(s) safe from any future attacks.