One of the services offered by Computero is virus and spyware removal. We often get calls from desperate customers whose systems either stopped functioning or were disabled due to a malicious software being installed on their computer.
While in some cases we cannot explicitly determine where the infection came from – in 75% of cases – we are able to perform virus, spyware and malware removal and bring the system back to its previous working condition.
What we found very interesting is that in most of these cases – the customer didn’t open an attachment or open a flash drive with infected files – instead – they clicked on a link, and were automatically infected. How can this happen ?
Lets review the charts below from BLADE Labs –
Chart # 1 – As you can see every common PC browser is affected by this – so there is no magic bullet (other browsers such as Safari and Chrome are also affected by this – but were not represented in the study)
Chart # 2 – The applications which are closely connected to the browser and available on almost every computer are the most commonly exploited.
The simple and obvious way to secure a computer from such attacks would be to remove the above named software – but this is almost impossible. Many websites use Flash and Java. Most computers in the world use Internet Explorer – so what can you do ?
1. Update each and every application listed. Microsoft, Adobe and Java can be easily upgraded to their latest versions. Most of these companies are heavily invested in their products and release updated software very frequently. Make it a point to update the software if you see a pop-up by the system tray (near the time) .
2. Consider using Mozilla firefox as your primary browser. Mozilla seems to be safer and unlike Internet Explorer has more protection built into itself to stop these types of viruses from coming on board. This makes virus removal easier.
3. Have an up to date and up to par antivirus software such as Trend Micro Titanium Security (for home users) and Trend Micro Worry Free business security (for business users).
Following these tips will make you more secure. Virus removal or spyware removal will take less time if you kept your system up to date.
If you have been infected by a virus, malware or spyware – please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have helped to remove over 300 viruses annually, and with the increase in infections – we have a plan of attack for every type of infection. Whether it involves 1 computer or 200 – we can handle the removal. See our IT services section for more information.