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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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January 7th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Northern Virginia Computer Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software

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Northern Virginia Computer Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software – PC Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software, Northern Virginia

It all starts off with a pop-up on your computer with a warning message telling you that your computer is infected with a virus and to update your anti-virus software, but really it’s a malicious program that targets your personal data to steal your bank account information and freezing your system.

This fake anti-virus program will look like it is scanning your system for viruses but is actually attempting to steal your personal data instead.  When you click on the “remove viruses now”, instead of removing viruses from your computer, viruses are actually being installed.  Not only are these viruses not detected by some actual anti-virus software’s, some of these programs will also prevent you from opening your actual anti-virus program or the “add/remove programs” in the control panel to try to get rid of them.

If you believe that you have fallen victim to one of these scams it is important to get it taken care of right away.  Here at Geek ABC we specialize in virus, spyware and malware removal and can help you remove these programs.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  You can also check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/ for more information on other topics.  We provide mobile, onsite computer service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.

A few things that you can do to protect yourself from such scams are to:

  1. Install  antivirus and antispyware software and keep it up-to-date
  2. Install a firewall and keep it turned on
  3. Keep your OS (operating system) up to date using automatic updating
  4. Always use extreme caution when opening links in e-mail or social networking sites.  If you do clink on links, make sure they are from a trustworthy source
  5. Familiarize yourself phishing scams and know what scams are currently circulating as well as common scams that have been around for a while

Nobody should have to deal with issues such as these but the fact is they are out there and anybody can fall victim.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with your computer or network.  And if you have been struggling to find a trustworthy computer and network repair and service provider, your search is over!

Geek ABC is a locally owned and operated computer and network service and repair company with dedicated professionals that you can trust.  We provide onsite and in-house computer and network service and repair with prices starting as low as $99.  Our 90 day warranty on labor is the best in the local industry and we pride ourselves on 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  We have the expertise and specialize in desktop and laptop repair, emergency data recovery, data migration and backup, virus and spyware removal, network installation and repair (both wired and wireless), network security, software and hardware installation and upgrades, as well as many other complicated issues such as the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).


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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.

Geek ABC has expertise in removing viruses, spyware, adware, and malware and if you don’t feel like you have gotten completely rid of them on your own, we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com or you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Geek ABC is a local computer and network support and repair company and we offer same day, in-home support and service.


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October 28th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software

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Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software – The Risks Of Pirated Software, Fairfax Virginia (VA)

Recently we had a customer call in who had used popular website for services to find someone to come in and update her computers’ OS’s (Operating System’s) to Windows 7.  Unfortunately, for her, this turned out to be more of a nightmare than a cheap and easy way to get things done.  The version that the person installed was pirated, and not only did she lost important data but it is costing her more in the long run than had she gone out and bought the software herself and had it installed by a professional.

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Pirated software is nothing new, but for those who don’t realize what they are getting in to; using and having pirated software can cause major problems, for you and your computer.  It puts your computer and your data at great risk.  The pirated version of Windows 7 that came out before its release date had a Trojan virus, malware, and botnets attached to it, and these did serious damage to a lot of people’s computers, before they realized it.  Most antivirus software’s weren’t ready with the Window’s 7 updates; therefore there was not way for them to detect these viruses.

Some other risks that come with pirated software:

  • Often the software lacks important elements that prevent you from performing upgrades
  • No warranty protection or support
  • Putting you, your company, or the company you work for at risk for copyright infringement
  • Could be infected with viruses or other malware that could damage your hard drive or cripple your network
  • And worst of all it could lead to criminal prosecution

In the long run, making sure that your software and operating systems are legal will cost you less, even though it seems like a lot at first.


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