Sometimes it starts slow but gradually gets worse. Sometimes you turn on your computer to find that it is completely unusable. Popups all over, fake Antivirus programs claiming to be able to help you for the low low price of $35. You have spyware. Viruses and spyware are the two main reasons our customers bring in their computers and we excel at removing these infections. Viruses, spyware, trojans, and rootkits are all types of infections that attackers use to damage your computer and invade your privacy. But what’s the difference?
A Trojan or “Trojan Horse” is a program that will masquerade as a harmless application. However, instead of performing functions that it states it will, a Trojan will do something the user does not expect. The biggest difference between a Virus and a Trojan is that a Trojan will not replicate itself onto other machines.
A Virus is a program that causes a negative impact on a users computer. Sometimes viruses are bundled with free games or wallpapers and once they are in a machine it’s usually quite obvious that they are causing problems
Most infections that users get are a form of spyware. Attackers have stopped exploiting computers just for fun and are getting greedy. Spyware is used to deliver unsolicited popups advertisments, steal personal information, (such as credit card information) re-route traffic to advertisement pages, or monitor your browsing.
A Rootkit is used by an attacker to create a “backdoor” into your system and covertly gain access to your computer. Once an attacker has a Rootkit in place, they can continue to exploit your computer for personal information or crash the machine at their will.
Viruses, Trojans, Spyware, or Rootkits. It doesn’t make a difference to us because we remove them all! Just bring your PC in or check out our remote removal information at the bottom of this page.
Below is a list of just some of the infections we can eliminate:
- XP Antivirus
- Generic PWS.ak
Need assistance with infection removal but don’t want to bring in your PC? Not a problem! ICS Remote service is perfect for you. Our ICS Remote Service will allow you to securely connect to an ICS Data technician and allow them to assist you with any infection removal.