Viruses, malware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUP) can cause permanent damage to your computer’s Windows or Mac operating system opening up your computer to other threats. With new threats arriving every day, it’s hard to stay ahead of the hackers that can use the data they steal from your computer to access your identity and/or bank account and ruin your credit or steal your private photos. Identity theft has been a growing problem in the last few years. According to a 2019 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, Cybercriminals are diversifying their targets and using stealthier methods to commit identity theft and fraud. Cybercriminals attack an average of 5,233 times per month.
Common symptoms include:
Browser crashes & instabilities
Browser closes unexpectedly or stops responding. The home page changes to a different website and cannot be reset. New toolbars are added to the browser. Clicking a link does not work or you are redirected to an unrelated website.
Poor system performance
Internet connection stops unexpectedly. The computer stops responding or takes longer to start. Applications do not open or are blocked from downloading updates (especially security programs). New icons are added to the desktop or suspicious programs are installed. Certain system settings or configuration options become unavailable.
Advertising ads pop up
Ads pop upeven when the browser is not open. The browser opens automatically to display ads. New pages open in the browser to display ads. Search result pages display only ads.
We at Punta Gorda Computers have powerful tools to scan and safely remove these threats from your computer.
We can remove viruses, adware, malware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs.