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Computer Repair Avoidance – Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Infected websites will present you with links prompting you to install malicious software onto your computer such as the one shown here.

Infected websites will present you with links prompting you to install malicious software onto your computer such as the one shown here.

The easiest way to avoid an unexpected computer repair is to be wary and mistrustful of anything you see online asking you to install additional software onto your computer.

While searching for web content we were presented with the above captioned web site asking us to install “Extreme Flash Player”.  As a computer service center we see infected computers on a daily basis, along with computer owners seeking virus removal in Milwaukee who are dismayed that their antivirus product didn’t prevent the infection.  When it comes to trojan-horse programs, the very nature of having a computer means that at some time or another you will need to install software on it– so the computer must allow this to happen. As computer users we need to be aware of what we are installing and cannot expect anti-virus software to know the difference between something we are installing because we know what it is and we need it, and something that the computers user has just been tricked into installing. For this reason every computer comes with something called User Account Control shown here. User account control has been designed by Microsoft as a last line of defense against malicious software and gives you the opportunity to take one last look at what it is that you’re installing on your computer.

Given that the web site we just went to told us to install “Extreme Flash Player” should be the first point that arouses our suspicion. The user account control dialog box then tells us that we are about to give control of our computer to “Guangzhou Shibei Information Technology Co. Ltd”. At this point a computer user must decide whether they trust what they’re being told to install as clicking “Yes” will give full control of the computer over to the software that you’re installing. Unlike viruses, Trojan Horses are programs that the computers user has chosen to install and this is how malicous software gets installed onto peoples computers. Clicking yes on the User Account Control dialog box shown here will give any program full access to your computer be it a malicious program or not. Clicking yes on the User Account Control dialog box shown here will give any program full access to your computer be it a malicious program or not.

There are a number of different products on the market that are designed to remove Trojan Horse software and thus avoid a potentially costly computer repair bill, but the best solution is always going to avoidance. Trojan horses are not specific to the PC and Mac, Tablet and Cell phones are equally susceptible to them. There is no computer that is immune to infection and damage if the computers user is willing to install unchecked code onto the machine. The moral of this story is not to rely on anti-virus software to protect you from malicious software. In many cases having an anti-malware protection system installed will help to remove a trojan horse however if the malicious software is not removed immediately then in most cases you will be faced with what would have been an avoidable computer repair.

If you are located in the Waukesha or Milwaukee metropolitan areas then IT Connect computer service center can make sure you will not lose any of your documents and other personal information that is stored on your computer. If your computer is infected with a trojan horse then you are most likely to need the help of a professional so as to make sure that the infection does not come back and that you don’t lose any of your data.ojan Horse infections there is little that can be done to prevent computer users from installing them.  The trojan horse, by definition is not a virus, and anti-virus software provides a very poor defense against them.  The best approach to Trojan Horses is avoidance; be wary of any software that asks you to install it in order to view content.  While there is a program on most computers called “Flash Player” that is real and useful for viewing certain types of websites, a real update to Java or Flash will either happen automatically, or appear in the ‘tray’ in the lower right corner of the screen.  Anything appearing in the web browsing window itself if more likely to be malicious and should not be installed.

Clicking yes on the User Account Control dialog box shown here will give any program full access to your computer be it a malicious program or not.

Clicking yes on the User Account Control dialog box shown here will give any program full access to your computer be it a malicious program or not.

The nature of having a computer means that at some time or another you will need to install software on it– so the computer must allow this to happen.  As computer users we need to be aware of what we are installing and cannot expect anti-virus software to know the difference between something we are installing because we know what it is and we need it, and something that the computers user has just been tricked into installing.  For this reason every computer comes with something called User Account Control shown here.  User account control has been designed by Microsoft as a last line of defense against malicious software and gives you the opportunity to take one last look at what it is that you’re installing on your computer.  Given that the web site we went to told us to install Extreme Flash Player should be the first thing that arouses our suspicion.  The user account control dialog box then tells us that we are about to give control of our computer to Guangzhou Shibei Information Technology Co. Ltd. At this point a computer user must decide whether they trust what they’re being told to install as clicking “Yes” will give full control of the computer over to software. Unlike viruses, Trojan Horses are programs that the computers user has chosen to install and this is how malicous software gets installed onto peoples computers.   There are a number of different products on the market that are designed to remove Trojan Horse software and thus avoid a potentially costly computer repair bill, but the best solution is always going to avoidance.  Trojan horses are not specific to the PC and Mac users, cell phone users, and owners of Tablet computers are all equally susceptible to them.  There is no computer that is immune to infection and damage if the computers user is willing to install unchecked code onto the machine.  The moral of this story is not to rely on anti-virus software to protect you from malicious software.  In many cases having an anti-malware protection system installed will help to remove a trojan horse however if the malicious software is not removed immediately then in most cases you will be faced with what would have been an avoidable computer repair.

If you are located in the Waukesha or Milwaukee metropolitan areas then IT Connect computer service center can make sure you will not lose any of your documents and other personal information that is stored on your computer.  If your computer is infected with a trojan horse then you are most likely to need the help of a professional so as to make sure that the infection does not come back and that you don’t lose any of your data.

 

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