Do I have a virus?

We get this question a LOT. If you are in this situation, you probably fall into one of three groups.

  1. If the warning came from a program you purchased, you should probably contact one of our experts to ensure a complete removal. Today’s self healing viruses can be extremely hard for an untrained user to remove completely.
  2. If you haven’t installed, or haven’t heared of the antivirus program before, it could either be an ad, or a fake antivirus program (more details below).
  3. In almost all cases, legitimate antivirus applications are fully functional. This includes during their trial period, AND after your purchased license expires. If the program claims you have hundreds (thousands?) of viruses on your computer, and it refuses to take them out until you purchase a license, it could be a fake antivirus program.

These fake antivirus applications vary greatly in severity. Most of them will simply “remove” viruses you never had after you pay them $50-$100, which is bad enough. However, a number of these “antivirus” programs are actually more dangerous than many of the worms you hear about on the news.

Many have been reported to bombard you with popup ads, log your keystrokes, and steal personal information. They can target bank, credit card, and login information.These breaches frequently lead to full blown identity theft!!!

You should only purchase antivirus applications from trusted sources such as Norton, McAfee, or another recognisable name. My personal favorite is Kaspersky Internet Security. If you think you have been infected, either by a fake antivirus or a more traditional virus, give our experts a call. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

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