Spyware and viruses are the most insidious problems your computer will face.
According to the SANS Institute's Internet
Storm Center,(Note: Opens in new window) your computer may be compromised
after only 18 minutes of Internet connectivity. On March 1st
of this year, over 2.15 million attacks were reported in a single
(collectively known as "Malware") come in many different formats.
Malware's influence can range from minor (changing your home page) to severe
(making your system totally inoperative). Here is a short list of some common
Hijackers - these
programs change your home page or search utilities to something other than
was originally intended.
Trojans - named
after the Trojan Horse, these programs are designed to accomplish the same
goal, sneaking into your computer and then allowing access to every part of
your system by a remote party. Often, these trojan programs are used to install
even more malware on your computer or use your computer for illegal activities.
Keyloggers - this
type of malware makes a record of keystrokes that you make on your computer
and/or takes pictures of what is showing on your screen, and relays that information
to an outside party. These programs allow others to eavesdrop on all your
communications, capture passwords, account numbers, etc., and giving them
complete access to your personal information, and allowing identity theft
on a grand scale.
and awareness was even the subject of a recent study. The results may be found
(Note: opens in new window.)
If your computer
is exhibiting signs of instability, slowing considerably, or showing signs
of activity even when you are not using it, you are probably the victim of
any number of these malicious programs.
contact us today to
schedule a thorough inspection and removal of these programs from your computer!