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Virus Removal

Getting a computer virus is a pain in the neck. It’s scary knowing that your personal files are not secure. Computer viruses slow down your computer and steal personal information. This includes private photos, credit card numbers, and contacts. Bring your laptop or desktop computer for virus removal service.

What Is A Computer Virus?

A computer virus is a malicious program that does bad things to your computer or network. They earned their name because of how they spread by “infecting” other files on a computer or network. Often they spread through email, local area connections, or flash drives.  Viruses enter other machines through shared drives, or by DVDs or USB drives. Computer viruses can:

 
    • Erase important files from your computer
    • Steal personal, financial details 
    • Block your internet connection
    • Corrupt and damage your operating system

What is a Trojan?

A trojan horse, or trojan, is malicious code or software that looks legit. Trojan intends to damage, steal, or cause harm to your computer data or network. A trojan acts as a real program or file to deceive you. They are often desirable suck as movies, music, games, and PDF files. Once download, it begins executing the bad code on your device. A trojan is sometimes called a trojan virus or a trojan horse virus, but that’s incorrect. The difference between viruses is that can they execute and replicate themselves. A trojan cannot. The user must execute trojans.

 

How do Trojans work?

Here’s a trojan malware example to show how it works. You receive an email from someone you know and click on what looks like a legitimate attachment. Yet, an attacker tricked you. The email is actually from a cybercriminal. The file you clicked on — and downloaded and opened has gone on to install malware on your device. How? It varies. Trojans are designed to do different things. But you’ll probably wish they weren’t doing any of them on your device.
 

Examples of Trojan Malware

Take a look at some common types of trojan malware, including their names and what they do on your computer:

Backdoor Trojan

This trojan can create a “backdoor” on your computer. It lets an attacker access your computer and control it. A third party downloads and steals your data. It can also allow more malware uploads to your device.

Downloader Trojan

This trojan targets your already-infected computer. It downloads and installs new versions of malicious programs. These can include trojans and adware.

Fake AV Trojan

This trojan seems like antivirus software but demands money to remove the threat.

Game-thief Trojan

Online gamer’s account information is the top target.

Infostealer Trojan

This trojan steals files and personal details on your infected computer.

Ransom Trojan

This trojan seeks a ransom to undo the damage it has done to your computer. This can include blocking your data or impairing your computer’s performance.

Remote Access Trojan

The attacker gains control over your computer using your internet connection. They can steal your information or spy on you.

Rootkit Trojan

A rootkit aims to hide on your computer. This allows it to operate malicious programs longer.

Trojan banker

This trojan takes aim at your financial accounts. It’s designed to steal your account information for all the things you do online. That includes banking, credit card, and bill pay data. That’s a few. There are a lot more.

How Did My Computer Get A Virus?

Anyone with a computer is at risk of getting a computer virus. There are many ways that your computer can get a virus. Some common ways include:
    • Visiting malware-infected websites 
    • Opening email attachments
    • Clicking on bad links on social media
    • Using external media (thumb-drive, memory cards)Be careful when downloading files from unsafe sources like peer-to-peer sharing. Out-of-date or expired antivirus software leaves you vulnerable to malicious software infections.

How Do I Know If My Computer Has A Virus? 

A computer virus attack can produce a variety of symptoms. Here are some of them:
    • Frequent pop-up windows. Pop-ups messages tell you to visit websites or call a phone number. They might ask you to download antivirus or other software programs.
    • Changes to your web browser homepage. Your homepage website may change to another search website for example. Strange plugins or search results appear.
    • Lots of spam emails sent from your email account. A cybercriminal controls your account to send emails in your name.
    • Frequent crashes.  This may cause your laptop to freeze or suddenly crash. It may also prevent your device from starting up.
    • Very slow computer performance. Your computer takes much longer to open files and programs. This signals that your computer could have a virus.
    • Unfamiliar programs start up when your computer turns on. You may notice the program when you start your computer.
    • Changed Password. This could prevent you from logging into your computer.
You may see error messages on the screen, or missing files or desktop icons. iQ trained computer technicians finds and removes viruses from your computer. We offer these services in Alexandria, Arlington, VA, and the Washington DC metro area.
What Do I Do About Computer Viruses?
 
Get virus removal service. iQ Computer Services removes computer viruses. Need us to come to your place?  We offer onsite, online, and in-shop virus removal services. How To Get Virus Removal Help First, call iQ Computer Services for an appointment. Next, we find and remove any viruses, trojan, and spyware. Lastly, we secure and speed up your computer. Contact Us today for a risk-free online computer check. We remove your virus so you feel safe again.