Computer Virus Removal
Do I have a virus? Many times customers bring us computers thinking they have an infection when the unusual behavior is caused by something entirely different. Viruses are so common that we tend to attribute anything functioning incorrectly to a virus. When we receive a computer, which the customer reports having a virus, we begin our repairs by performing a complete hardware diagnostic. Many times we find the cause of the problem with that step and determine that viruses are not even present. If a hardware malfunction is identified, we still run scans to ensure that an infection is not present. After the hardware diagnostic, we contact the customer and discuss repair costs. Of course, hardware repair costs vary with failed component. Removal of viruses typically cost about 2 hours of time at posted rate for machine type. Our in shop rates are $88 for desktops and $108 for laptops. We never proceed with any repairs without customer approval.
Once infection is confirmed, we use the same “clean up” procedure with every repair. Programs that are starting with Windows but not really necessary are removed from the list. Temporary files and caches are cleared then we go after the bad guys. Software used for actual removal is proprietary but when we finish the computer is as clean as a hound’s tooth. If you have a computer and live or office in the Houston metro area then Friendly computers is the right place for you. We have been proudly serving Houston with computer virus removal, virus protection and other computer services for many years.
If your computer has been infected by a computer virus it might start showing some common symptoms which indicate that your computer has been infected by a malicious virus. These viruses can impact your system, your valuable files and data, and even your programs. Virus also allow back doors for hackers and other threats to invade your computer. Millions of computers are infected every year and millions of dollars spent recovering data that has been damaged or lost because of virus attacks. Some viruses can jeopardize your financial data and cost you more than just the price of computer repairs. Because many of these computer virus are programmed to be self-replicating, your entire network can be impacted in a very short period of time. We recommend that you save and back-up your files often as one method to save your data from a potential computer virus. But we also highly recommend a consultation with Friendly Computers to improve your security and lower your risk of computer virus infections.
Their are many ways that viruses infect and install themselves on your computer including Trojans, Security Breaches, email attachments, unauthorized use of your computer amongst the many other ways. Some signs of these attacks may show in the form of display warnings, files may become unstable, your operating system may not work properly, you may have to stop and reboot your computer many time in a day. Viruses might even delete critical files from your computer. If you find your computer freezing up or find that is becoming more and more difficult to save documents, you may have an infected computer.
Now, before you think your machine is possessed or that your home has somehow been invaded by a poltergeist, you may have a virus that is impacting your hardware. Sometimes a virus can cause your CD-ROM tray to open and close without being prompted, cause programs to mysteriously launch or close, run programs that you have never seen before or just wreak havoc on your programs in general. Another thing that often happens when these viruses begin to duplicate themselves is that valuable file space is eaten up and system resources depleted causing your computer to lag or not even work at all.
Viruses are engineered to have different effects on your system but most all viruses are malicious and many impact Windows operating system core files making your virus software inaccessible.
If you suspect your system has been impacted by a virus give us a call today!