There are people who you don’t know. They don’t know you either, and they don’t care. They’re out there, programming nasty code that can infect your computer, whether you are browsing safely or not. This code, usually called a virus, can slow down your computer, delete your personal data, or cause your computer not to work at all. It can also steal your passwords, personal information, or credit card numbers. Before you know it, some guy in a country on the other side of the planet is now using your name, your social security number, and your credit card to buy his new toys.
Spyware is a little different; it’s specifically designed to watch what you do. Maybe it’s a voyeur. Maybe they want your bank account information. Maybe it’s selling your browsing habits to advertisers (also known as adware). Spyware often looks harmless, or even gets disguised as a useful or necessary program.
Viruses and spyware can be incredibly difficult to destroy. By their nature, they hook into the deepest workings of your operating system and make themselves next to impossible to remove without damaging your software.
At The Computer Cellar, we have years of experience with the best tools available to identify and carefully remove viruses and spyware. In the event that your system is riddled with viruses beyond containment, we can also assist with data transfer to a fresh installation of your operating system.
Got a Mac? While traditionally they have been less susceptible to viruses and malware, in recent years, as their popularity has grown, the number of nefarious software programs has grown. The Computer Cellar can identify and remove these as well.