Anti Virus and Malware Medicine.
No one likes getting the flu. Besides being irritating and disrupting your plans, untreated it can be a very serious medical condition. With your computer, it’s really not much different, and just like with the flu, you need to understand that you need to take both a preventative approach, and a remedial one. Mobile Computer Doctors help you prevent infection from viruses and malware, and can come to your aid if you discover that you’ve become infected.
Whether you use a computer for work or for pleasure at home, in the best case scenario, a virus or malware can disrupt your computer’s performance or be used as a bot to perform functions without your knowledge or permission. In the worst case, computer viruses and malware programs can interrupt your activities, leave you vulnerable to cyber extortion, financial fraud, blackmail for data files, and even completely render your hardware useless. In other cases your personal information can be extracted and sold on the dark web.
Symptoms of Malware
Because malware takes many different forms, it can look a bit different for everyone. However, some of the most common symptoms of a malware infection include:
- Slow computer: One of the most common signs of malware is a slow computer. As mentioned above, pieces of malware can noticeably slow down your operating system, programs and bandwidth.
- Lack of storage: Malware can eat up storage space, leaving little room for legitimate programs and files. If a plague of unfamiliar programs is slowing down your computer, we search the programs’ names online to make sure malware hasn’t infected your device.
- Crashing or freezing: Either technical problems or malware could cause regular computer crashes. Make sure that all your drivers are up to date and your programs are compatible with your hardware. If it’s not a hardware or software issue, malware might be causing your Blue Screen of Death.
- Pop-ups and unwanted programs: Constant pop-ups or unfamiliar toolbars are one of the most annoying signs of malware. Don’t click on any pages or toolbars that pop up out of the blue — close out of the program and run your anti-malware software immediately.
- Spam: If your coworkers mention that they’ve been receiving messages from you that you don’t remember sending, you’re likely a victim of malware. Caution them not to open any links or attachments within the messages.
How to Prevent Malware Infections
Mobile Computer Doctors can take several steps toward minimizing your risk of malware threats:
- We install and maintain anti-malware software: Anti-virus software and other anti-malware programs are great at identifying and removing many types of malware. While they won’t always find everything that might be lurking on your computer, performing regular checks with these programs is an excellent start to improving your network.
- If you run a business, perform regular employee security training: One of the biggest challenges to your cybersecurity is your own staff. Around 70 percent of C-level executives and small business owners who reported data breaches said that these breaches were due in part to employee error. MCD can help to increase your security by introducing regular network and Internet safety training into your workplace.
- Avoid clicking unknown links and pop-ups: While some pop-ups and files can look enticing or urgent, they usually carry malware that they then install onto your system. Open only expected files from trusted sources, and view the URL before clicking any links.
- Keep your system up to date: Nearly a million new malware threats are created every day, so it’s essential to keep your system as updated as possible. We regularly check your operating system and anti-virus software for new updates, and install them in a timely manner.
- Implement network security: Regular management of your IT systems is essential for guarding your data from hackers. This management can be performed in-house or through a partner service.