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Viruses and Computer Vulnerability to Attack

Let's face the facts.

Viruses have accounted for over millions of dollars in losses in the last year. Even with the best protection, you can never be certain that your computers will be safe. It seems the best protection from viruses is to completely isolate your computer from any network or disks containing data from another computer. Unfortunately in today's high-paced computer-based world, that is impossible and not practical.

The Spread of Germs:
Lots of people in a small place

Virus authors have begun to rely on the explosion of the great Internet data-highway, ignorance of computer users, and the simplicity of the vulnerability of email programs' ease of use to write software that infiltrates your PC's and reproduces itself on your network.

It is frightening how similarly a computer virus spreads like a real virus.

Decreased productivity and security

Most of these trojan horse programs implant themselves into your computer's network environment and transmit anything they want back to the virus author. Aside from exposing private information, your computer becomes susceptible to the whims of the hackers. Usually this is characterized by frequent program crashes, files being renamed, deleted, screens displaying vulgarity, or unexplainable computer lock-ups. If your computers show any of these symptoms, it may be more than a program error, but compromised security.

Not all viruses are easily removable!

If you think you can go out and buy an anti-virus program to repair an infected computer, you may be out of luck. Many viruses install themselves directly into your file or operating system, which means you won't be able to remove them while you're using the operating system. Some memory-resident viruses can even load themselves up the second your computer beeps when you turn it on. Other's can completely reprogram your motherboard's BIOS chip making the computer inoperable!

Simply running a virus scan in Windows will not ensure you have a clean computing environment. If a virus is running on your computer when you run an antivirus program, the virus may in effect make itself invisible to the antivirus program.

It doesn't take a virus to break into your computer

In addition to viral infection, a new breed of attack is brewing via the Internet. Windows-based computers contain a vulnerability overlooked practically everyone, including Microsoft (if they did care they wouldn't make Windows computers susceptible to this). Without your knowledge or permission, your computer may be sharing your entire hard drive publicly! If you share files on a network in your home or office, and also use the Internet on the same computers, you are most likely at risk!!

You need to reconfigure your network settings on each machine or install a firewall program like Zone Alarm® to block the requests for data from coming in, and your data from going out.

Experience you can count on

We have been using the Internet since 1994 and are experienced with all types of viruses, from program, boot, and disk viruses, to the new breed of internet-borne "back-door" trojans, worms, and email variants.

As viruses get more clever, we're right on top of them.

Our experienced experts can diagnose your computer systems, track down the culprit viruses, remove them safely, and make sure you don't get reinfected again.

We scan your system from low-level DOS.
This ensures that boot sector and viruses that must reside in memory cannot be loaded first.

The Windows sharing vulnerability will also be looked for and removed immediately. We are very familiar with this breed of attack and can configure your PC's to make this extremely common vulnerability non-existent to them.

Preventative Maintenance

If your computer is accessible to the Internet and email, viruses are accessible to you whether you like it or not. If you're not protecting your data now, you're playing Russian Roulette with it.

Capital District Computer Services will scan all your computers for viruses (and if remove any if present) and install the latest updated versions of Norton Antivirus® and Zone Alarm Personal Firewall®, or optionally Norton Internet Security® which combines antivirus protection along with an award-winning firewall.

Don't take chances with your personal files or business.

Have Capital District Computer Services make your computers safe!

Email CDCSR by using this form right now!

Steps You Can Take Now
To ensure a happy and safe virus and hacker-free computing experience:

  1. Make sure EVERY computer in your office or home is running Anti-Virus software
    that is continually updated!

      Norton Antivirus® contains Live Update® which connects to Symantec's main server daily to check for updates. When one is available it will notify you immediately, or automatically install it if desired.

  2. Any computer that has Internet access should have a firewall installed

      Just as a "firewall" in a building blocks fire from entering that building, a firewall program blocks unwanted data from entering your computer. It knows what data your computer has requested, and lets that through. All other is blocked.

      We recommend Zone Alarm® or Norton Internet Security®.

  3. Do NOT open any suspicious email attachments!

      This comes under lots of scrutiny since mail may appear to be from a trusted friend or colleague. This trust is exactly what the virus writers are hoping!!! If you receive an attachment aren't 100% positive of its contents, delete it immediately!

      Tell your friends & family if they are going to send you attachments to let you know ahead of time!

  4. Complete full system scans weekly.

      Most antivirus programs can be scheduled to run automatic scans during off hours, to ensure your productivity is not compromised. Many trojans or viruses may be sitting dormant on your hard drive just waiting for you to click on them. Running weekly scans of ALL FILES makes certain that such a file will be found and deleted.

We trust Symantec's Norton Antivirus®, Norton Internet Security® and Zone Alarm®.

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