There are several categories defining the general term Virus/Malware. Cyber space is loaded with these threats waiting to pounce on unsuspecting consumers. The following list identifies these threats and may help our customers to understand them better.
We have organized these threats in the following categories:
Phishing / Data Theft
Fake Anti-Virus / Ransom ware
Viruses / Trojans
Over the next few posts, we will explain each category and the risks involved. In this post, we will discuss The following dangers:
Popups, Ads and Toolbars are all examples of an Adware Infection. While this kind of attack is mostly just a nuisance it can cause your system to slow down and be susceptible to other, more dangerous forms of cybercrime. Adware is one of the easiest infections to get, but can be difficult to remove. It is often bundled with legitimate software, (hoping that you don’t uncheck the install box during setup).
e.g. Toolbars, Coupon Programs, Deal Finder Programs. At SoftQue, we are experienced in removing these threats and restoring your computers’ performance.
Ever try to go to your homepage and find yourself somewhere completely different? Ever try to go to a website but your browser will not leave the page it’s on? You may be the victim of a Browser Hijacker. This malware redirects you to a specific website that is often malicious and disguised as a search engine. Sometimes this will only affect one browser, more times than not, it will be Internet Explorer. Firefox and Chrome are safer alternatives but far from bulletproof.
e.g. Conduit, CoolWebSearch, Searchnu. You may need professional help to be rid of these cyber pests! At SoftQue, we can help!
We will continue this discussion in our next post.
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