Computer viruses affect millions of computers each year,
with 2018 ranking at over 800 million. In turn, this costed individuals and
businesses billions of dollars in the process. This malicious software is
created to access sensitive information, causing disastrous issues to your
computer and allowing hackers to either collect or destroy data. In turn, this slows
the computers functionality and operation or might even crash it all together,
making it unusable.
The viruses can be spread through e-mail attachments, scam links, and pop-ups and often times seems legitimate. And while it’s extremely frustrating, you can take the necessary precautions of reducing your computers risk for a virus by avoiding clicking on any advertisements shown on web pages you might visit. You can also download anti-virus software, which can detect and remove harmful trojans or malware, and is beneficial to have even if you’re not concerned about a potential threat. Norton and McAfee are well known anti-virus software subscriptions, available for you to purchase online. Keeping your OS updated to the latest version is helpful as well, as it contains the protection and security needed.
Trust your gut – if it seems fishy, it probably is!
There is a zeroday (meaning infection in the wild that was just publicly acknowledged and is infecting people) exploit for Windows 10 (and previous versions of Windows) combined with an exploit in Google Chrome . You need to make sure to update both your Google Chrome to the latest version and apply any pending Windows 10 (or 7, 8, etc) updates. Read more about it at:
DOUBLE MALWARE ALERT!
The Vobfus worm and the Beebone Trojan families operate in close collaboration with each other. Once either one of these vicious programs infects a system, it downloads the other software program as well, triggering an endless, self-perpetuating loop of malware infections. The cyclical relationship between Vobfus and Beebone allows them to constantly update each other with new variants. As a team of so called ‘Downloaders’ they manage to easily elude antivirus software, as they alternatively download different variations of each other as well as other strains of malicious programs from their command. Be wary of external links from suspicious sources!
CALL KARLS TECHNOLOGY FOR COMPUTER VIRUS REMOVAL!
The FBI Moneypak Virus is a very disturbing type of malware also referred to as ‘scareware’ or ‘ransomware’, as hackers distribute this virus with the purpose of scaring their targets into paying a ransom for a crime they never actually committed. This virus may enter a computer system through malicious downloads, email attachments and software update pop-ups. Once a system is infected the virus restricts access to the computer and directs its unsuspecting victims to a very realistic-looking, but fraudulent FBI screen detailing an alert message: The ‘FBI’ accuses the user of illegal, criminal activity (such as cyber-theft of copyrighted material) as a result of which the ‘FBI’ has seized and frozen access to the computer. The message includes very detailed instructions on how you can pay the fine within a specified time frame and also displays information regarding potential penalties and/or jail time as a consequence of payment refusal. In many scenarios, the virus controls a user’s web camera, shows an image of the user on the screen and claims to record the IP address. With these abominable scare tactics the cyber-criminal tries to convince his victims to pay for the “crimes” they allegedly committed.
The FBI virus infects critical system files and if the infection has progressed far enough (unfortunately, this is often the case) the virus may have achieved the ability to disable antivirus removal software. To make matters worse, hackers are constantly evolving and modifying this root kit to strengthen its resistance. There are several different variants of the FBI computer virus. Therefore, screen appearance, claims, notifications and warnings may vary.
An infected computer system may show the following screen:
DO NOT allow cybercriminals and their scare tactics to frighten you or force you to pay!
Karls Technology can and will successfully remove the FBI VIRUS from your computer system!!!
There’s been a surge of the ZeroAccess Virus in the past year. This rootkit locks up your computer, takes full control of your system and downloads additional malware on to your compromised computer. Antivirus software will typically not be able to detect and/or remove this Virus.
Give KARLS TECHNOLOGY a call if your computer is locking up or if it is not allowing you to perform functions and tasks.
Slow system? Virus infection? Annoying, potentially malicious spam and phishing emails infesting your inbox? Give Karls Technology a call and we will DDRE – run Diagnostics, Detect malware, Resolve issues and Eliminate malware! KarlsTechnology recipe for a happy Technology user : )
Android users BEWARE: New ‘multi-function’ Trojan targeting Android mobile devices. Here’s a quick breakdown of the exploitative malware:
• Primarily an SMS Trojan surreptitiously sending short
messages to premium numbers
• Able to download and install additional malicious modules and
to infect other devices via Bluetooth connection
• Keeps most of its code encrypted, thereby complicating
analysis of the code
• “Evades detection and barricades itself inside” and ultimately
blocks removal attempts