If you suspect that your computer may be infected, here are three common forms of malware be look for:
As the name implies, ransomware holds your computer – or your personal information ransom. Many times, this malware disguises itself as an update to existing software. Once installed, it encrypts, or locks, all data on the computer except for a single folder or file. This contains instructions explaining how to make a payment that will unencrypt your information. This is a lose-lose situation because paying the ransom will not necessarily remove the malware. Not only will you lose your hard earned cash, but you are still left wide open for future ransomware attacks.
Adware is often bundled with other software in the form of innocuous browser toolbars, free games, or other unsuspecting utility. Once installed, adware creates numerous pop-ups and webpage re-directs that renders all Internet browsing useless. Adware also tracks and collects personal data that can lead to identity theft, or further propagate the incessant barrage of pop-up ads.
This form of malware is particularly devious because it tricks the user into thinking the computer is infected with a fictitious virus and misleads them into paying money for its removal. By doing so, not only will the originator of the scareware have your money, but your credit card information as well.
If your computer is demonstrating any of the above symptoms, you may be infected with malware. Fortunately, we can help! Our technicians can quickly evaluate your computer and perform a virus removal. Contact us to learn how we can serve your needs at your location or one of ours throughout Collin County.