What is the difference between Virus and Malware?

A computer virus is a type of malicious software program called malware that, when activated, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and incorporating its own code within. When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected” with a computer virus.

Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware 

Similarly, antivirus software is also known as anti-malware software, a computer program used to prevent, detect, and remove malware. 1CS can acquire this software on your behalf and install it to a computer for it’s protection.

How a computer gets a virus

Using the internet has implications. The internet is how most malware makes it’s way to a computer. By clicking on what looks harmless, the user might be giving malware access to a computer. Malware has been known to enter a computer system when an image or live video stream is being downloaded. Unfortunately, it is not always clear if clicking on something will download something.

Trojan horses are applications which appear to be valid programs but have hidden malicious code which carries out a different and devious task.

Symptoms of a computer virus or other malware

When you get a virus on your computer you might not know it at first. It may take a few uses before you start to notice pop ups or Malware disguising itself as a new program on your desktop or quick start menu. For those who have had a virus or Trojan before, you will likely remember the symptoms when you see your computer acting in that strange way, doing those things it never did before. In most cases you can clearly see the computer has been infected with a virus.

What to do if a computer is infected with Malware

As soon as a computer is thought to be infected with Malware, the user should take the following precautions:

  • Do not click on anything
  • Disconnect from internet immediately
  • Don’t turn computer off and do not restart it
  • contact us for virus removal 

If the computer won’t turn off and you see messages which direct the user to contact someone, the computer might be infected with a type of malware called ransomware. Ransomware can hold a computer and it’s data hostage until the demands of the hackers are met. If one finds them self in this situation, contact us.

Virus Removal Toronto

We can let you know if a virus or other malware has situated itself within your computer and remove it. We can also suggest and set you up with anti-virus software suitable to your needs including a demonstration of how to use it and advice on how to mitigate the chances of getting a virus or other Malware in the future.

Contact 1CS for more information on our virus removal services or to book an appointment.

 

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