Malicious software may include a computer virus, spyware, or adware, which are often designed to intentionally disrupt your computer's ability to perform properly, or to interfere with computer programs which you utilize on a regular basis.
A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. A true virus can spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to the target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive. Adware: short for advertising-supported software, is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.
Malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user's computer system. It is a harmful piece of software that looks legitimate. Users are typically tricked into loading and executing it on their systems.
A computer worm is a self-replicating malware computer program. It uses a computer network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computers on the network) and it may do so without any user intervention. This is due to security shortcomings on the target computer. Unlike a virus, it does not need to attach itself to an existing program. Worms almost always cause at least some harm to the network, if only by consuming bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted computer.
A type of malware that is installed on computers and collects little bits of information at a time about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user, and can be difficult to detect.
Short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate a omputer system without the owner's informed consent. 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.
Detection and removal is a crucial task to in repairing your computer or network, protecting your sensitive files - folders - and information. Protection of your computer or network is accomplished by installing virus protection and malicious software protection programs, so that your computer will work properly in the future.
However, in some instances, a virus can cause irreparable damage to your operating system that it will need to be re-installed. In which case, our technicians will call and discuss further options with you.
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