Do you really need Virus Protection?

Pittsburgh Virus Removal ServicesDo you really need Virus Protection?

In the age of computer hacking we live in constant fear that something is lurking in the cyber-space shadows waiting to break into to our home computer. Developed to wage war against the new threats of the Information Age, software companies created anti-virus programs to prevent, detect and remove malicious software from today’s computers. Though the term “anti-virus” is somewhat outdated, discussions about home computer safety still goes hand-in-hand with these software protection programs and most of us cringe at the thought of using a computer equipped without one.

But do you really need virus protection?

Let the experts at TRU Computer walk you through this confusing, but very important lesson on virus protection.

  • Become acquainted with the intruders. There are always new programs and people looking to wreak havoc on our computer-dependent lives.
    • Ransomware: These are in an attachment or link within an email and when downloaded will threaten to wipe out your system until you pay a sum of money. When you check your Inbox,
      • If you don’t know the Sender, don’t open the email!
      • Do not open any attachments! Opening any files, especially a “.zip” file, instantly opens the door to your personal files.
      • Do not click on any links! Instead hover over the link. American websites end in “.com”, while hacker sites from Russia or Taiwan, for example, end in “.ru” or “.tn”.
    • Fraudulent calls from software companies: A lot of folks, especially the elderly, are being targeted by people claiming to be from Microsoft or Apple. They call you on your home phone and state your computer came up on their system – it’s in threat to being hacked! As a concerned user you proceed to login to their site so they can take a detailed look at your file directory and rid your computer of any corrupt files. The representative then asks you for your credit card in order to proceed in ridding your system of the bug. Guess what. It’s a scam! NO ONE from MS or Apple is going to call you because they’re monitoring your home computer! Even worse, you just willingly gave them your credit card information so you can’t turn around and say they stole your money!
  • Make sure you use Windows System Restore or macOS Recovery. Both operating systems offer a built in recovery system where you can restore your system from a point in the past. Be sure to use these helpful features and you’ll feel safer knowing your system is being backed-up regularly.
  • Anti-Virus protection doesn’t work for the home computer. After the development of the World Wide Web in 1989, there grew an increasing demand for protection against viruses threatening to infiltrate computer serves. This is great for corporate businesses, but your home computer isn’t on a server! Even further, with the development of web-based email like Gmail and Yahoo, it is nearly impossible to stop viruses from spreading.

So, are you ready for the answer to the question above?

No, you do NOT need to purchase an anti-virus protection program! Rather, we as users of modern technology should be a bit more aware of our cyber-space surroundings. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t and if you accidentally open an attachment and you’ve downloaded a virus, bring your PC or laptop to TRU Computers for our Virus and Spyware Removal Services and we’ll get your computer back up and running in no time!

TRU Computers. If it seems TOO good it must be TRU!