For Your Information

Take a look at some of the more frequently asked questions (faq's), common problems and items you are likely to come across while working with your PC.

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Viruses

A virus is a malicious software program. A virus exist's on local disk drives and spread from one computer to another through sharing of "infected" files. Once a virus has infected a computer, it may modify or remove application and system files.

Some viruses render a computer inoperable; others will display screen messages to unsuspecting users telling them that "Your machine has been infected" or "We have found x number of errors on your PC". They then inform the user that to remove these errors/viruses they must buy and download a programe that will remove them from the PC.

It is important that you have anti virus software on your machine. And it is recommended that you update your virus definitions at least once a month so that your anti-virus program can check for all the latest viruses.

Spyware

Spyware is a programe that secretly collects information about the user and send's that information to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a virus or installing a new program.

Spyware can collect almost any type of data, from personal information like Internet surfing habits or user logins, to bank or credit account information.

Spyware can also install additional software or redirect Web browsers. If you find that you can no longer access your usual home page and you are taken to a different site, chances are your machine has been infected.

Also if you find that your machine is running much slower than usual or you have slow Internet connection speeds, this could also be a sign of Spyware.

Common Computer Viruses

  • Trojan Horse
  • Worms
  • Rootkit Virus
  • Logic Bombs/Time Bombs
  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Malware

Contact SLK Computing

If you think your computer is infected call
0781 201 4246 or email info@slkcomputing.co.uk