For your urgent attention
Advice and guidance when infected by high risk viruses and mal/ad ware
Getting a virus is a nasty affair....
Hackers and malicious software designers are using ever more clever techniques to steal your data or identity, in a bid to either make money or perhaps sell your information to others.
PCpetes has requested that you read this page due to high risk infections found on your laptop or desktop PC.
Ii is vital that you follow the advice on this page in order to reduce the risk of valuable data getting into the wrong hands. That data could include banking details, credit card details and bank or credit card website log in details, also other valued log in details such as facebook twitter or paypal.
Follow the guide lines bellow promptly as soon as possible.
Signs of a Virus infection
Read some of the known symptoms bellow and see if there recognizable to you.
Slow running system
Viruses can slow down windows and even steal your internet connection using your system to attack other computers which slows down your internet experience.
Viruses can cause Pop-ups with false warnings asking you to download a scanner or some tool that claims to fix the problems. The download will be useless only causing more problems. You should never give credit card details in these scenarios.
Denial of service attacks also known as D.O.S attacks
Viruses can stop your web browser from accessing the internet, and can also cause other events to trigger when the browser is launched. Example: you run your browser and pop-ups start occurring or the same message placed in centre of screen when web browser runs. This often effects all current web browsers installed all at the same time although some viruses do target internet explorer and firefox.
System instabilities and freezing
Viruses can gradually attack and corrupt windows system files causing windows to develop problems such as windows freezing and programs not working. CD rom drives can also be effected opening on their own accord or worse case having their firm-ware corrupted rendering the drive useless. (we can restore most dvd drive firmware)
Sporadic program stop and starts
Viruses can also cause programs to suddenly close or run by themselves. Some viruses scan and run all programs in the start menu at startup causing windows to lock up before its finished starting up.
Hard drive waste or rapid loss of free space
Viruses can also duplicate large-sized programs and files to the point that the computer cannot handle the files, causing Disk space to become overloaded, causing frequent computer crashes and 'Out of memory' errors, or saying memory is low.
Web site blocking and web browser re-directing
Viruses can stop your browser from accessing a stored list of anti-virus software web sites. You may also find the web browser keeps zipping of to the same web site all the time, that's advertising malicious software.
Friends in Mail Contacts complaining about e-mails you sent... but you didn't..!!!
Some viruses scan your contacts list in messenger and other mail programs, then send multiple emails to your contacts advertising software or worse trying to direct them to a web site with bogus harmful downloads. Advertising trojans can also do this sending mail contacts adverts for viagra or other pharmaceuticals.
Dead-start / Black screen no boot up / 'Invalid system disk' error
A virus can attack the boot files that windows uses in the start up process so windows is un able to boot / start up. The MBR a special location on the hard drive can be wiped by a virus so that windows is unable to read the partitions and drive information needed to use the hard drive which also stops windows starting and reports boot errors such as..
'No Boot partition' or 'invalid system disk' or 'unable to load boot loader' or 'Fatal disk error'
Dead slow system and internet connection
A virus can take over your internet connection and add your computer to a network of computers used to attack other systems. Google for "malicious bot-nets"
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