In this day and age, many computer users mistakenly think that software and operating systems have caught up to the virus and malware attacks out there and that they don’t need any extra protection when purchasing and setting up new technology.
Another common reason given for not installing an anti-malware or anti-virus software is, “I’m very careful when I browse online and know what to avoid.”
But either misconception and can give a false sense of security.
Our Techie Becky Team has often performed expert virus/malware removal and protection services for clients who mistakenly thought they were safe from malware and didn’t put proper protection in place on their device.
While doing computer repair in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we often are cleaning up the aftermath of a malware or virus attack. Not only do we have extensive experience eradicating these malicious unwanted intruders, we also help our clients put safeguards in place to keep it from happening again.
Why do you still need protection from viruses and malware? We’ll talk about the biggest threats facing computer users and their devices and some of the solutions to keep your system protected.
What Are the Biggest Virus & Malware Threats to My Devices?
Malware attacks have been on the rise. It seems that no matter how secure computer manufacturers try to make their systems, it’s doesn’t stop the attackers or keep them from developing new forms of attack.
In 2017 9.32 billion malware attacks were carried out worldwide.
According to Statista, there were over 9 billion malware attacks last year, which was an 18.4 percent increase over the previous year.
And these attacks come in all forms, not only through email anymore. Malware is spread by:
- Phishing emails
- Malicious websites
- Outdated software vulnerabilities
- Wi-Fi networks
- Social media
- Instant messaging
- Browser or in-app pop-ups
- Mobile device apps
The biggest threats being seen from malware and virus infections are:
Your data is encrypted so you can’t read it anymore and the attacker demands a ransom to decrypt it.
Ad Fraud Malware
This malware hijacks a device causing it to visit websites to do ad clicks, so the criminal receives the ad revenue.
These are often used for denial of service attacks where multiple computers are infected, so they can be controlled as a group to do the hacker’s bidding.
A computer infection meant to silently spy on you in the background, recording keystrokes to get sensitive passwords and that can even use your device camera.
Where to Get Help for Virus/Malware Removal & Protection
Our Malware Extraction Team at Techie Becky has experience removing all types of malware and viruses, and ensuring the roots are eradicated completely. We also recommend only the best software, so you’re protected against all current and new threats.
Two of our most trusted anti-virus/anti-malware programs are Emsisoft and Malwarebytes. They offer multi-layered protection against all types of threats.
Some of their features include:
- Surf Protection
- Protection from both Mac & Windows specific threats
- Proactive behavior monitoring
- Quarantine of suspicious files
- Adware cleaners
Techie Becky can install either program quickly during our virus/malware removal and protection service. For ongoing support and to keep your system running fast and increase its usable lifespan, we also recommend a Maintenance Program subscription.
A Maintenance Program Plan from Techie Becky is an affordable and cost-effective way to continue getting the most out of your computer. It also gives you the time-saving benefits of fast and friendly IT support and computer repair in Grand Rapids, MI and the surrounding area. (Even on Saturdays & Evenings!)
Contact Techie Becky for a Free Security Consultation Today!
Are you purchasing and setting up new technology and need to make sure it’s secure? We can help!
Unsure if the virus scanner that came free with your Mac or Windows PC is enough protection?
Why go to a stranger, when you can come to a friend! Give Techie Becky a call today at 616-901-3210 or contact us online.