Posts Tagged ‘Antivirus’

February 25th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Annandale & Burke & Centreville Virginia (VA) Rootkit

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Annandale & Burke & Centreville Virginia (VA) Rootkit – Rootkit Detection & Removal, Annandale, Burke & Centreville Virginia (VA)

A Rootkit is a software or set of programs installed on a computer by an intruder giving the intruder access to the rootkit infected PC without being seen.    By installing the rootkit it allows them to come back and access the computer at a later date with malicious intent and attempt to steal personal and financial data which can lead to identity theft, create and relay spam or infect the computer with a virus and cause it to crash.   Rootkits are typically used to create “back doors” to a system by installing hidden programs; like keylogger programs.  These types of programs will record every key stroke the victim makes, whether they are online or not, and relay the data back to the intruder.  Usernames, passwords, back account information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive personal data is revealed with keylogger programs.  Another use for rootkits is to infect and compromise a large quantity of computers to form a remote rootkit network, otherwise known as a botnet.

There are a number of ways that a computer can become infected with rootkits.  Just as with viruses, rootkits can be inserted in to your computer through email attachments, by downloading certain programs or by visiting a particular website.  Rootkits are also very sneaky and hard to detect, they have the ability to change settings and file names.

When a rootkit has been detected, unfortunately, there is no easy way to get rid of them.  It’s really important that you keep your antivirus, antispyware and antimalware software up-t0-date and run them often.  If a rootkit has entered your system the only for sure what to get rid of it is to reinstall the operating system.  This can be very frustrating and time consuming, not to mention you could potentially lose all of your data.  This is another reason why it’s so important to back up your data on a regular basis.

If you believe your computer has been infected with a rootkit, don’t hesitate to let us know.  We will do what we can to help you identify it and get rid of it,  Even if that means reinstally your OS.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.  We provide mobile, onsite computer and laptop service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.  Our geeks are well versed in the world of internet viruses, malware and spyware, we see them every day.


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November 16th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Adware

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Washington DC Adware – Potential Adware Infections On Your Computer, Washington DC

Adware (Advertising-supported software) can be any sort of software package that will automatically display, play or download advertisements on your computer.  They are usually in the form of a pop-up and their object is to generate revenue for its author.  By itself, adware, is basically harmless, but some are integrated with spyware such as privacy-invasive software or keyloggers.  Spyware is a type of malware or malicious software which steals information from your computer, but that is an entirely separate blog subject.

Just about all commercial antivirus software can currently detect adware and spyware or they offer a separate malware, spyware detection package.  There have been many programs developed to detect, quarantine, and remove adware, spyware, and malware.  Some of which are Ad-Aware, Spybot – Search & Destroy, Spyware Doctor, and Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.  If you believe your computer has been infected with any of these softwares, it’s important that you make sure that your antivirus software and its definitions are up-to-date and get rid of them.

A few examples of Adware that I have personally seen are:

Gator, Bonzi Buddy, ClipGenie, 180SearchAssistant, Comet Cursor, DollarRevenue, and VirusProtectPro.

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September 10th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help

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Tips to help increase the lifespan of your computer:

Keep your computer clean – Most computers today come preloaded with a number programs and software that you won’t use, take the time to go through and uninstall them.  De-fragment your hard drive at least once a month to keep your files organized. Back-up and archive any documents you don’t plan on using to CD or DVD, delete them off of your hard drive and store them in a safe place.

Keep your computer up-to-date – Keep your antivirus up-to-date and set it to perform regular scans.  Check for system and software updates on a regular basis.
Increase your RAM (Memory) - RAM or Random Access Memory is probably the quickest and most cost effective way to give your computer that new PC feeling. Insufficient RAM is one of the leading causes of a slow PC.

Upgrade your Hard Drive – You can significantly improve your system’s performance by adding more storage.
Don’t be the first one to upgrade your OS – When new Operating Systems come out they aren’t without bugs.  Wait to upgrade your system when all of the kinks have been worked out.
Expect 4 years – A good computer should last about three to four years and with regular maintenance and upkeep you can stretch that an extra year or two.

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