It is quite common to see infected PC's that have their antivirus software disabled by a virus.¬†¬†¬†¬† The creators of viruses/malware are aware of many of the tools and software used to protect your PC against infections.¬† The creators of viruses/malware¬† can specifically write their virus to disable your Antivirus software and others.¬† Viruses can also disable programs or tools that you may use to remove the infections.¬†¬†¬†¬† New variants and versions are released everyday on the internet thereby causing a delay as to when Antivirus software and other tools can be updated to combat the latest infections.¬†¬†¬† In some cases you may even have to do a manual removal of the infection in order to use some of your tools.
I had two customers this weekend, one was Windows 7 with Norton (updated subscription) and the other had AVG Free 9.0.¬†¬†¬† The Windows 7 machine only had a small infection but it did disable internet connectivity and kept Norton from updating.¬†¬†¬† The 2nd machine was Windows XP and had a very nasty rootkit on it.¬† AVG listed itself as running but no components were active or recognized.¬† The infection had completely disabled AVG. ¬†¬†¬† Even after the infection was removed, AVG still needed to be reinstalled.¬†¬† When your Antivirus software is disabled it is no longer doing it's job.¬†¬† In this case once the shield is down, your computer is open and exposed to many other infections on the internet.
It is very easy for creators of viruses and malware to disable your Security Software.¬†¬† The key is to try to protect yourself before the virus gets you.¬†¬† What you can do is be wary of email attachments and keep your software updated (Windows, Java, Adobe Flash or other Adobe products, Antivirus & Antispyware, and other software).¬†¬† These updates are released to fix bugs and exploits in the software and you need them up to date.¬†¬†¬† Be careful what sites you navigate to.¬† Watch out for suspicious videos or postings on Facebook and use complex passwords.¬† Remember if you are not sure don't Click it.
Once a virus is allowed in your system it can easily disable your protection and many other things.¬†¬† This is why you should try to remove the infection as quickly as possible.¬† If you cannot do it on your own, then consult a professional.¬†¬†¬†¬† The longer the infection(s) reside on your PC, the more damage they can do and the more doors they can open to other infections.¬†¬†¬† Some of these infections can be very nasty and result in data loss or data theft.
As the viruses get more and more advanced, the tools and security software will try to keep up with them but there will always be gaps.¬† You as the user must do your part in order to reduce your chances of becoming infected.¬†¬†¬†¬† Viruses that can disable your Security Software can just as easily steal your passwords or other personal information.¬†¬† It all depends on what the viruses goal is.¬†¬†¬† Watch for signs of infection and take care of it as quickly as possible.¬† If you do get an infection that you cannot remove, you can always count on ZolexPC to remove them for you.
Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.
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