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Computer Virus! What is it? What do I do? HELP!

computer virus removal leesburgUnderstanding various types of computer viruses can be difficult and leave you with a lot of questions. Which type do I have? How much damage has been done to my computer? Can it be fixed?  Thankfully, there are professionals in the field that can address these questions for you, find the solution to your specific problem and prevent your computer from being affected in the future by many different forms of electronic infection. The most common types of electronic infection are:

  • Simple Viruses: In its simplest form, a virus is a relatively small piece of software that piggybacks itself onto your computer’s existing larger programs. For example, a simple virus can attach itself to a program like your Excel spreadsheet program. Afterwards, each time the spreadsheet program is opened and runs, the virus opens and runs, too, giving it the opportunity to reproduce itself (by further attaching to additional programs) and wreaking havoc on your system.
  • E-mail viruses: An e-mail virus can come from something as innocent as clicking on a link within an email or an email attachment that has traveled with an email message. An email virus will then replicate itself by automatically e-mailing itself to hundreds of people within your e-mail contacts list. Some e-mail viruses are even more malicious and don't even require you to click a link or open an attachment. Instead, they actually launch just by your viewing the infected message in your email software’s preview window.
  • Trojan horses: While a Trojan horse virus lacks the ability to replicate itself automatically, it has the ability to do serious damage, up to and including wiping out your entire hard disk. A Trojan horse virus is a computer program that is disguised as something else (in a lot of cases, an innocent appearing game) that does damage as soon as you run it.
  • Worms: As the name implies, a worm is a piece of software that surreptitiously infiltrates entire networks and security holes in order to replicate itself. A copy of worm software will scan your entire network to find another machine that has a security hole, then using the security hole, infiltrates the second machine, and so on.    

While all of these malicious viruses may sound scary to think about, Computer Corner has solutions for every one of them! Contact us today!

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What Others Say About Computer Corner

Straightforward answers, quick service, and a friendly smile! Simply... 5-Star, A-Plus customer service.

Jan Owens
January 31, 2019

These guys are the best. They are very knowledgeable and reasonably priced!

Monica Cockerham Kilburn
January 28, 2019

These guys are the best thing since sliced bread! They know their stuff and are reasonably priced!

Monica Kilburn
January 28, 2019

I had a hard drive go down on a piece of video equipment. Michael and Computer Corner had me up and running in just a few days (parts had to be ordered). Thank you Computer Corner!

Bryan Rudolph
January 18, 2019

My son owns a computer businness in NC so when we needed someone local, we got a recommendation for Computer Corner from a friend. I am more than pleased. I will recommend them in a heartbeat. They communicated the status of my computer to me by text and the work was done very fast and the turnaround would probably have been faster if it hadn't been Thanksgiving week.

Casey Todd
November 28, 2018

Best experience I've had with laptop repairs in Florida. Answered my many questions quickly, informed me of all of my options, and made sure I took home a well tuned machine. All repairs are costly no matter where you go, but at least you get what you pay for with the helpful staff here. As I type this, I'm planning another trip to see them.

Miss Hex
November 21, 2018

5 STARS Great service at reasonable prices. I will continue to be a customer.

Nancy Nzg Gates
October 18, 2018

They took care of my computer promptly! Removed all of the viruses that were on my system and upgrade it to make it run like the day I bought it. I would highly recommend Computer Corner!

Shelbie Dasilva
October 17, 2018

Lost audio on laptop after windows update. Pleased with service to restore and pricing. Very knowledgeable and personable in explaining to a Sr citizen.

Becky Johnson Howerton
October 15, 2018

Outstanding service. They recovered my computer when it had been hacked and wouldn't reboot. I lost nothing and they cleaned the mess from the hackers. Could ask for better service, and they are very reasonable. I'll go back to them again if I ever have any problems.

Eileen Upton
October 12, 2018