Computer Repair and Web Design

PC Cleanup Services

A PC tune up is a requirement not an option or recommendation. With alarming rates of spam and spyware being sent across the internet it is imperative that you keep your system(s) up to date with the latest security patches and prevention software. We will examine your computer and detect any spyware, malware or virii/viruses that might be installed on your machine, remove it, and install the proper security measures and software to prevent future infections.

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Below you will find a list common terms for things to watch out for on the internet. Our cleanup service covers all the items and more.

What is Spyware?

Adware and Spyware are applications installed onto a computer that collect data about the user and transmit that information to a group or company. The applications usually come bundled with free everyday popular applications. The most common are any P2P or Peer to Peer file sharing programs which allow you down load music, movies and applications. The catch is that most of the time what you are downloading is loaded with spyware. Spyware will undoubtedly degrade performance of a computer system. In most cases these programs will send you unauthorized email known as spam in an attempt to sell you a product.

What is SPAM?

Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send - most of the costs are paid for by the recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender.

What is a Backdoor?

A "Backdoor" means exactly what it says, an alternative entry point to your computer. Programmers intentionally build Backdoors into supposedly useful programs to allow access via the "back door" to the computer where they are installed. This allows an infected PC to be completely remotely controlled, e.g. for sending Spam.

What is Malware?

The word Malware is composed from the words "malicious" and "software". This is a collective term for all types of damaging software such as Trojans, Spyware or Viruses.

What is Phishing?

Attackers use forged websites to obtain secret passwords. The term comes from "Password Fishing". The Internet addresses are disguised so that they are almost identical to the originals. This mainly affects online banking access.

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