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Virus Alert: How to Keep Your System Protected

Posted on 9th December 2015 by Angel Gonzales

A new wave of serious malware infections is here – making it more important than ever to ramp up your computer security. These new viruses are designed to enter your system, create Windows users, identify the open ports and ultimately allow external access to your business data.

How can you tell if you have the virus?
As these viruses create new windows users, a quick way to determine if you are infected is to navigate to Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage User Accounts, and see if there are any suspicious users listed. These may be named body, IWAN-ADMIN, Liver, Jarsi, STEAM, Pmvtw, Onwaw, however if you notice any users that you did not create, your system may be compromised. If your system has been infected, you are also highly likely to be experiencing serious performance issues.

What to do if think you may have been infected
If you believe your system has been compromised, you will need to contact your system technician. In the case that you have the virus, your operating system may need to be reinstalled and passwords updated.

How can I protect my system?
In order to prevent these types of attacks it is imperative that you have a reputable antivirus installed and keep it regularly updated. It is also important to keep your Windows up to date, and regularly back up your system.

These types of malware infections often enter your system through pop-up ads or by opening attachments on emails, so ensure that you educate all computer users about the risks of clicking on/opening suspicious materials. 

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Angel Gonzales is a Shortcuts Educator with an extensive background spanning 13 years in salon management. Angel is passionate about helping like-minded professionals take their businesses to the next level with smart technology.

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