Different Threats to your Computer

Computers face many threats from the Internet. Virus, malware, spyware and adware all pose threats to your data and to the physical properties of your computer. Los Angeles County computer users should make sure that they have a quality virus protection program in place and that it is:

  • Installed correctly
  • Up to date
  • It is capable of stopping modern cyber attacks.

San Dimas and Glendora computer users, do you know what the difference is between a virus and malware? What about the differences between spyware and adware? If you answered that they are all bad news, you are correct. Most people don’t understand the subtle differences between a virus or malware. What is important is that you protect your computer against them. iTech Xpress Inc can help you protect your computer against virus and malware intrusions, even if they all do something different.

A Virus: A virus is an odd piece of software. Its main purpose is to replicate itself and pass along copies. It does this usually through emails, but also through shared drives such as flash drives. Some viruses are capable of damaging your computer or deleting your data. Some are considered malware, but not all. They may sound bland but in reality they are unwanted and dangerous. Anti-virus software usually stops most of them. Fast fact: These were the first Internet threats.

Malware: Almost everything with the exception of a few of the computer virus is considered malware. It is a wide spectrum category. The basic definition is an uninvited program or string of software that does not have permission to copy data, make changes to your hard drive and system, or to be on your system. Malware includes spyware, adware and other less common, though equally obnoxious malicious programs.

Spyware and Adware: There is not really much difference, though some would argue the point. Most spyware is there to spy on you by monitoring what you do on the Internet, where you shop, etc. It may also record things like credit card numbers and bank account information and then pass that data along to hackers. Adware is common.

Most sites use adware to “enrich” the user experience of their own site. They are collecting data about you and your visit either to improve their site or to send you ads about things that you are interested in purchasing. Like spyware, they can be dangerous. Both are uninvited and have the potential to be malicious. Anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-adware programs usually are capable of removing them.

What to do if your computer is infected with a virus or malware?

Bring it to iTech Express Inc. We are professional virus removal experts. You might have heard of the moneyPac virus if so, we can handle it. We offer computer repair services in case malware has damaged your system. We can also help you avoid infections by installing a professional quality anti-virus program that will help keep your system safe. We make sure all programs are installed correctly and we provide diagnostic service to all customers. If you have concerns about Internet safety, just call us. We will be happy to provide you with outstanding service and answer all of your question in plain English. We proudly serve Glendora and the surrounding communities.