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Preventing malware virus attacks

Our Geelong computer technicians are talking about Malware in this week’s blog.

Malware may have been a term you have heard before but you find yourself just nodding and agreeing because you have no idea what it is… is it a little gremlin crawling in my computer?

Well, yes! It is essentially a little gremlin in your computer wreaking havoc. Malware (or in this blog also known as the gremlin), is computer software programs that compromise computers, mobile devices or tablets. There are various types of malware such as computer viruses, adware, spyware and more. No matter how it appears on your device, all malware wreaks havoc on a computer and its network. Check out our previous blog about networking.

What damage can malware do?

Typically, malware is installed without your knowledge, causing several unpleasant issues, including impacting your computer’s performance, mining your device for personal information, stealing passwords, deleting files and rendering your computer and connected hardware inoperable.

Signs of a malware or virus infection

With technology rapidly advancing, no one is safe from malware, virus infections or spyware. Therefore, our team at Geelong Technology Group understands that it is essential to have anti-virus protection on your computer and understand the signs of a malware attack so you can deal with it immediately. Some signs of a malware attack are:

  • Pop-ups that won’t go away or are difficult to close
  • Flashing, brightly coloured (and usually annoying) pop-ups
  • Sudden lack of storage space
  • Slower than normal computer

What do you do when you suspect a malware attack?

Often portrayed as one of the worst things that could happen to your computer, a computer virus, spyware, adware or any type of malware isn’t right; however, it is relatively common to have your computer infected.

Take the following steps if you suspect a malware attack:

  1. Disconnect your device and any hardware connected to your device (e.g. printers, scanners) from your internet.
  2. Use a different computer or mobile device to check all your online banking and personal accounts you linked to from your infected device for unusual activity. If possible, we suggest putting a freeze or hold on your banking accounts just to make sure they are safe.
  3. Talk to IT experts at Geelong Technology Group. We will assess the device and remove the virus to get your computer back up to speed.

Preventing a malware or virus attack

Ideally, you want to prevent a virus attack, so having a proper (and working!) anti-virus program on your computer can make a difference. If you are unsure if your anti-virus protection is working, have the IT experts at Geelong Technology Group install, update and verify your anti-virus protection. At Geelong Technology Group, we recommend ESET Smart Security or Bitdefender for all home and businesses around Geelong, Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and surrounding regions.

Keep your business safe and secure with these steps:

  • Have working antivirus software
  • Run regular scans of your system
  • Backups your files
  • Monitor your behaviour (i.e. don’t click on suspicious emails or ads)
  • Have strong passwords that do not include personal information.
  • Review your banking and personal accounts regularly to make sure there are no suspicious posts.
  • Avoid using unsecured WiFi networks.

Engage the best IT experts in Geelong

If you suspect your computer is infected, drop by our Belmont workshop or give us a ring on 03 5244-3030 immediately for IT support.  We will sort your computer, laptop or tablet out.

With decades of IT experience helping homes and businesses in Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast and surrounding regions with anti-virus protection, we know the area well.

 

Network

What is computer networking and why do I need it?

From 1 to 1,000 computers (and more), our team at Geelong Technology Group set up home and business computer networks that run without a hiccup.

What is networking?

Broadly defined, a network is two or more computing devices joined together that communicate with each other. Whether they are joined physically with cables or via a wireless connection, a network is two (or more) devices such as computers, laptops, tablets or printers that send information back and forth between them. 

Networking technology is evolving rapidly. In the past, computer networks had to be joined by physical cables. In contrast, nowadays, networks can be wireless spread out among different locations connecting employees across Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Victoria, and overseas. With so many people working remotely or at home, it is essential to have a flexible yet secure computer network to keep your business safe and functioning optimally.

Why do you need a computer network for your local Geelong business?

Faster, stable internet, increased efficiency and flexibility and saving money – the advantages of networking your business computers are numerous. 

Increase accessibility and productivity

With the ability to update and save information in real-time on any networked device, you can ensure everything is up-to-date. Networked databases allow multiple users to update client information simultaneously, saving time while preventing errors.

Save money 

Cut costs by having your employees share network-connected hardware such as printers, scanners or copiers. Additionally, have the IT experts at Geelong Technology Group set up network-connected software programs (e.g. computer programs your company uses), allowing multiple users to access it simultaneously, keeping costs down while driving productivity up.

Data security

Maintain your business’ data security, no matter where your devices are used. Protect your business and ensure all access points that cyber criminals may use are protected with antivirus programs.

Flexible work arrangements 

Allow multiple people to update, edit and manage documents even if they are not in the same physical location while maintaining your company’s data security.

Get the best computer network for your business

Whether you need a complete overhaul of your business’ computer network, creating a tailor-made computer network or just want a more reliable internet connection, Geelong Technology Group is here for you. Servicing Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast and surrounding regions, Geelong Technology Groups are certified IT specialists offering computer networking solutions, IT support and business server solutions. Contact our experienced IT technicians on (03) 5244 3030 or email sales@geelongtechnology.com.au for quality advice about computer networks.