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Posts Tagged ‘trojan’

AntiVirus or AntiMalware?

I’m sure you’ve heard the horror stories. A colleague clicked on something he shouldn’t have and now all of his files are encrypted. A family member opens an unknown email and now pop-ups are appearing all over the place. A friend downloads “a free movie” and now can’t access her WiFi.

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Which Anti-Virus is Better?

By now, you should know that if you are on the internet, your computer needs to be protected from malicious viruses and malware/spyware.  We mentioned some ways to do that in our previous blog post “Your Computer Needs You (Why?)”.  Today, we’d like to expand on that some and answer the one question we get the most often:  Which anti-virus is the best?

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How to Help Prevent Getting Re-infected by viruses (Or Get Infected in the First Place.)

One of the most frequent questions we get asked at Geek Easy Computers, is “How do I avoid getting viruses?” Ask 10 different people, you’ll get 10 different answers. But there are many factors that contribute to getting (or avoiding) viruses.

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Malware… the true story!

According to Wikipedia, “Malware, short for malicious software, consists of programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, gain unauthorized access to system resources, and other abusive behavior.[1] The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.”

Basically what all that means is this:  Malware is a piece of software written by someone with the intent of causing mischief to others.  The level of “mischief” varies from harmless, but annoying pranks; to data destruction and/or denial of services.  Most people are familiar with viruses.  Almost everyone knows someone that has had to deal with one.  What most people arent familiar with can be the worst to deal with.  I’m talking about spyware, adware, and the like.  These can be very hard to detect and to get rid of.  They sneakily insert themselves into your system in many areas so if you find and delete one, theres always a “seed” ready to sprout up again somewhere else!

The best defense is a proactive offense.  Get good anti-virus software (we recommend Norton Anti-Virus), and keep it updated!  It wont do you much good with an outdated database.  Scan your system at least weekly for infections.  Make sure your anti-virus software specifically checks for spyware, etc.  Not all of them do.

If somehow you end up with a virus, the best thing to do is to bring it to Geek Easy.  We have experienced technicians that specialize in tackling tenacious viruses and saving your data!  We can also install anti-virus software for you and do an overall system “cleaning” to ensure your system is running at its best.

For more information, click here –> http://geek-easy.com/contact-us/

420 N. Church St. STE 1

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269)548-TECH (8324)
info@geek-easy.com

 

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