You might have seen it while browsing the Internet:
a window pops up telling you that your computer is infected. It offers you to clean your computer up from spyware and viruses.
Another version asks you to download Antivirus 2010 (or 2011) for free.
Last year the similar Antivirus XP was available to be downloaded for free.
Those of you who were suspicious about this were lucky.
Others who follow the invitation got to know later that they actually installed a Trojan Horse by clicking on this advertisement.
This way thousands of people infected their machines and were not able to remove it themselves. It does not only prevent the user to visit websites like symantec.com or mcaffee.com; if you try removing it without expert help and specialized programs, it turns up again and again.
Don’t hesitate calling us at 928-300-7116. We know how to handle this program and remove it safely.
The choice of your Anti Virus program has become more and more easy. Basic free offers like AVG free Anti Virus already do a decent job.
Still there are threats out there, often to be found on download sites that illegally offer music and software. Get the free AVG virus protection at http://free.avg.com/.
Those years when Anti Virus meant nothing else than Norton seem to be over. Norton’s reputation has suffered in the last years immensely, since their Anti Virus products were proven to slow down client’s computers. When we tested the new 2009 version of Norton Internet Security we were very happy to notice that this is not happening anymore. Configuring of the home network was easy, but excluding special programs from being blocked by theÂ firewall is still challenging. A big plus is that the user is not being bothered with pop-ups by the program.
Another familiar name in theÂ Anti Virus business seems not that advanced. When we installed a brand new Dell Vostro 200Â for a client, the preinstalled McAfee security suite bombarded us with questions like whether or not to grant the Firefox browser or Outlook Express access to the Internet.Â On the other hand, there was no way to add programs like OutlookÂ to the ‘allowed’ list manually.
Come on, guys. You can do better… Imagine that non-savvy, non-geek user trying to send an email or setting up the computer and getting this message.
The Panda Security Suite turned out to be a nother user-friendly product. The interface is clean and clear, advanced configuration simple.
Virus removal can be a tricky thing, most Trojan horses and viruses keep on reinstalling themselves and can often only be removed by the use of another computer. If you try it yourself, backup your files before you start. Many people have messed up their Windows installation and had to reinstall everything later.