This service will remove any viruses/malware/adware that may be on any device. We may also discuss a protection program or plan to help secure the device in the future.
Virus Removal is an active service required by most users. Viruses are an ever-growing threat in today’s technological society.
There are countless scams and Trojan viruses that can pose a threat to any CPU.
It is important to recognize these threats early and remove them before they can do any real harm to your computer or – worse! – to your personal information.
Below we will explain the ways to identify these viruses, the harms they can actually cause to your CPU or personal information, and why you should trust Houston PC’s virus removal services.
Different Kinds of Viruses/Malware
Adware: Adware is one of the most common types of viruses out on the market today.
It specifically targets a person’s interest for obscure commodities and trinkets.
In and of itself, adware is not harmful to personal data and presents no risk of identity theft. However, it does contribute to slow computer speeds and potential registry errors.
(Registry errors lead to corrupted files, broken applications, and a failure of your operating system to boot properly.)
Adware virus removal is a very simple process. Don’t let this linger too long as the side effects could pose more problems down the line.
Ransomware: As its very name implies, ransomware is one of the most harmful viruses you can acquire on your computer.
It is capable of holding your files or your entire computer itself “hostage.”
If you ever encounter a virus of this magnitude, your first action should be to call Houston PC Services.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION** Ransomware is created by tech-savvy thieves and hackers.
Never seek these criminals out or pay the “ransom” they demand. Nothing is assured if the ransom is actually paid.
Moreover, when performing a virus removal of ransomware, a sure case can never be made for recovering data from a corrupted computer.
In some cases, ransomware has been known to completely shred and corrupt every single file stored on an infected computer.
In such cases, even if the ransom is paid, the files have already been lost due to the corruption of the core algorithms stored inside the file.
For this reason, Houston PC Services stresses the need for routine backups to avoid catastrophic loss of personal data.
Rootkits: Remote access – being able to control your computer from an offsite location – is the direct function of a rootkit.
Rootkits can infect a CPU, providing the offsite user with direct access to its victim’s files and programs.
It can then steal valuable personal information by either executing a program on the CPU or monitoring activity.
These mischievious malware programs are designed to work in stealth. All of the common functions of a rootkit are undetectable to an untrained eye.
No malware or antivirus programs are readily available on the market to identify them. Manual detection is the key.
This may involve monitoring a CPU for irregular activity (such as a kick-up in processor or CPU speed during a dormant state), along with signature scanning and storage dump analysis.
If you suspect that your computer may be infected with a rootkit, contact Houston PC Services at once to prevent the potential loss and theft of your data or personal identity.
Spyware: Similar to rootkits, spyware monitors a computer from a remote location.
Spyware will infect a computer, monitor its keystrokes, actively monitor its screens or, in the worst-case scenario, harvest its data.
These viruses usually embed themselves within legitimate programs. Once installed, they are capable of breaking through security vulnerabilities.
Active malware scans and anti-virus protocols are usually able to detect and remove these viruses.
Trojan or Trojan Horse: In mythology, the Greeks used a giant wooden horse to invade the city of Troy.
A computer Trojan horse works exactly the same way. These malicious programs will disguise themselves as legitimate programs commonly used by users (Adobe products, virus protection software, etc.).
Once installed, the hacker has full reign over the user’s computer to install additional malware, steal financial records, modify files or monitor user activity.
When you install a program that has a Trojan attached, the Trojan will in turn give it express rights to execute all of its algorithms and code until it is finished.
Virus protection software may advise you to turn away from a potentially malicious site or program, but it cannot prevent these programs from being installed.
Safe browsing practices are necessary to mitigate the threat of these viruses.
Constant monitoring of the websites you visit is recommended. Adequate knowledge of the program being installed – before approving the security exception provided by Windows – is strongly advised.
Common Symptoms of Malware
As explained above, malware comes in various forms and presents a variety of symptoms.
Here are some common indications that your computer may be infected with a virus or other malware…
CPU usage greatly increases (no new programs/features have been added to acount for the increase)
Files are being lost or modified without explanation
Constant freezing or lockups
Appearance of unknown files, programs or shortcuts
Sent e-mails not from the active user
Programs opening, closing or actively changing
Internet connectivity issues (internet is working fine across all devices except the infected computer)
Malware and viruses can be very detrimental to your computer performance. More importantly, they are a threat to your personal security and identity.
You can reduce this threat by practicing safe browsing/searching techniques, and by maintaining an active anti-virus software program on your computer.
But sooner or later even the most vigilant user will face the threat of a computer virus. That’s the time to call Houston PC Services for prompt and professional virus removal services.
Removing viruses is a necessary service that most users need. As technology advances so does the threat of many different types of viruses. Numerous scams and trojan viruses pose great threats to any CPU.
As we explain below how to recognize viruses and the threats they pose, remember it is important to remove them eary before they can harm your CPU or steal valuable personal information.
MLH Computer Mechanics will take great care of any services you may need. We will take care to explain what you are dealing with, and what to do to remedy the situation.
Furthermore, your trust will not be missplaced with MLH Computer Mechanics as we will do our best to repair and prevent any further virus infections.
Different types of viruser/malware include:
Ransomware- If you believe your computer is infected with ransomeware please contact MLH Computer Mechanics as soon as possible! It is one of the most dangerous viruses for computers. As it’s name suggests
it is able to hold your computer/files hostage. Hackers and theives create ransomeware to make money. Never pay off the ransom as it is never a sure thing that files/data can be recovered. Some cases of ransomware
shred or corrupt every file from an infected computer, even if the ransome was paid. With ransomware removal it is never a sure case to recover all data from the infected computer. As such MLH Computer Mechanics
strongly suggests that regular back ups are made as to prevent lose of important data.
Adware- One of the more common viruses adware targets a persons interests online. It is not a threat to your personal information or identify theft. It is a threat to your computer, making it go slower and/or
causing registery errors. Registy errors can break applications, corrupt files and lead into failure to boot your operating system correctly. While adware isn’t one of the biggest threats, do not wait to long
for removal as it can cause long term problems down the line. Adware removal is an easy process and failure to take action can cause greater issues in the long run.
Trojan/Trojan Horse- These malicious programs disguise themselves as legitimate programs such as abdobe programs, virus protects and other real looking applications. If you install a program with a trojan
attached to it, the trojan will give itself rights to execute all its algorthims and code until it is finished. Once installed the hacker then has full reign over your computer to montior user activity, add
additional maleware, modify files and worst of all, steal financial records. Antivirus may warn of malicious programs or sites, but it can not prevent installation of these programs. Monitoring websites
you visit, proper knowledge of programs being installed before approving the security exception is strong reccomended.
Rootkits- These can infect a CPU and make it possible for the offsite user to access to a victums’ files/data. Like remote access they are able to control your computer from another location. As
such it can steal personal information monitoring activities or executing programs that are stealthed and unvisable to the untrained eye. There is not any malware or antivirus programs able to
find them, as such manual detection is necessary. This can involve monitoring a computer for increase in processors or CPU speeds during a dormant times, storage dump analysis and signature scanning.
To prevent loss/theft of your personal information or identity theft please contact MLH Computer Mechanics as soon as you believe your computer to be infected.
Spyware- Spyware is simular to rootkits as it monitors your computer from another location. It will infect a computer and monitor keystrokes, screens and in the worst case harvest data. Spyware works by
imbeding itself in the system files/programs. If installed it is capable of breaking secutriy vulnerablities and working unidentified. Antivirus and maleware scans can usually find and remove them.
Malware and viruses come in many forms and with many symptons. Some of these symtoms my include the following:
Programs opening, closing or actively changing on their own
Files are being lost or modified without explanations
Apperarance of unknown files, programs, or shortcuts
Sent emails not from the active users
Constant freezing or lock ups
CPU usage greatly increases without programs being added to account for the increase
Internet Cconnectivity issues, all devices except the infected device have working internet
Malware and viruses can be detrimental to your computers performance. However they are a greater threat to your personal information, security and identity. Maintaining an active antivirus aoftware on your
computer and practicing safe browsing/searching/downloading can help reduce the threat. Contact MLH Computer Mechanics as soon as possible for any questions or concerns you may have and/or fast, friendly
and professional virus/malware removal.