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Computer viruses using usb, external drives, email, and social media to spread.
customer, is how did I get infected in the first place? It used to be the old standard that if you got infected, people would accuse you of searching porn or illegal download sites. While these are still a great place to infect your computer with a virus, virus writers have now moved to social media and Internet search where there is more traffic. Viruses have also become smarter and are able to spread themselves through USB drives external hard drives and through e-mail and Internet search.
Many of today's computer viruses are designed to spread through physical devices as well as through the Internet. These viruses will look for attached USB your external drive. The virus will hide an executable or AutoRun file on the external or USB drive. The user will not see this file and the file will automatically load whatever the devices plugged into any computer. This is a very common way for viruses to spread. Almost all the hacking attacks that you hear of on TV, the access is gained through this technique. An uninformed user, often breaking company policy, will access or personal e-mail on it were computer, or bring in a USB or external drive from home to use our computer.
E-mail is another common area the viruses use to spread out to infect other computers. E-mail spamming has gotten so bad, that I recommend that you do not click on any links in any e-mail. If someone I know sends me a link to a website, I will Google that website and go to it that way. Too often links are used to get you to go to an infected website. You also cannot trust that you know who has sent an e-mail to you. E-mail spoofing is hackers way of changing their e-mail address to show up to you as any address that they like, you may think you're getting an e-mail from your wife or friend, but it is from a hacker. This is the same reason why I do not open attachments from anyone in an e-mail. The only way I will open an attachment in an e-mail is when I have already verified with that person that they are sending an attachment to me. Unfortunately e-mail us is gotten to the point where you shouldn't trust it anymore. Even when I get statements claiming to be from my bank or from a website that I'm a member of, I will not use that link, I will just log into the website or bank account. If that website or bank account really needs to contact me, they would've done it by phone, or I would see a message when logging into the website.
Social media, namely Facebook, have become very popular in recent years. This is drawn hackers and virus writers into full knowing that they have access to millions of users to infect. They use ads, fake apps, infected software, and infected users to spread viruses throughout Facebook. One user's account will become infected, and then it will send out an infected link to all all of the people on their buddy list. Now the infected buddy list people will send it out to everyone on their buddy list and so on. You can see how Facebook viruses can spread so fast. When you are on Facebook I recommend that you do not click on any of advertisements. You should also never click on any links in a message sent you on Facebook, simply Google what you're looking for and go to the website that way.
Doing an Internet search is also a good way to get infected by a virus. You should use a browser link checker such as Web of Trust, to check website safety before you go to the website. Be careful going to website to not been to before. Make sure the website you're going to pass the correct name, hackers will create sites that are misspelled slightly or have added numbers or letters or other symbols to the name in the address bar. They're trying to make you think you're going to a safe website, but you're actually going to website built to look like a legit website that is infected. Another place to be careful of for viruses lately is a Google image search, we have seen lots infections spread through pictures on Google image search.
In the end, make sure you have an updated antivirus software, keep your job and Adobe apps updated, use a browser link checker such as Web of trust, and be careful of unknown websites. If you think you may have a virus, call me today, I can help! I also have a webpage devoted to my desktop and laptop virus removal service for the Phoenix area!