computer virusWhat is a Computer Virus?

A computer virus is a program that replicates itself into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive.  After this happens, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses usually perform harmful activities, such as accessing private information, corrupting data, spamming their contacts, logging keystrokes (password and login collection), or even rendering the computer useless. Not all viruses are destructive or hide themselves—the defining characteristic of a virus is being a self-replicating computer program which installs without user consent.

What is Spyware?

Spyware is software that gathers information about a person or organization without their knowledge.

There is various types of spyware:  system monitors, trojans, adware, and tracking cookies. Spyware is used for tracking and storing users’ activity on the Internet and delivering pop-up ads.

Spyware is typically hidden from the user when being used for malicious purposes. Some spyware (keyloggers for example) may be installed by the co-owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer in order to monitor other users.Spyware Boise

Spyware can collect surfing habits, logins/passwords, and bank or credit account information. Spyware can also interfere with use of your computer by installing additional software or redirecting browsers. Some spyware will change computer settings, resulting in slow Internet speeds, changes to browser settings, or changes to software settings.

Sometimes, spyware is included along with “real” software, and may come from a malicious website. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security practices, especially for computers running Microsoft Windows.

Perfect Computing uses multiple tools to identify and remove viruses and spyware.