OnlineVirusRepair.com Reports Major Increase in Fake Antivirus and Spyware Programs Costing U.S. Economy Billions
San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
The FBI estimates computer viruses cost U.S. consumers and businesses over $ 70 billion annually. Computer hackers and scammers are continually staying one step ahead of authorities and antivirus software makers by unleashing creative and sophisticated viruses and malware that infect people’s computers, and even scam them out of hundreds of dollars.
Dan Steiner, Co-founder of OnlineVirusRepair.com states, “Most of our customers are being infected with malware, spyware and viruses such as the File Restore Virus, System Progressive Protection, and the FBI Moneypak scam. These are all very similar in that they scare people into thinking their computer is severely infected and thus force them into “activating a license” which releases the malware or virus into their computer. One of the new ones I’ve been seeing is the FBI Moneypak virus that scares people into thinking they have been caught by authorities downloading movies, music, etc. illegally and have to send the “FBI or Government” $ 200 via Moneypak. Our customers contact us saying “cleanup my computer so I don’t have to pay!”
Virus removal and malware removal is becoming increasingly more difficult. Cyber criminals seem to know how to stay one step ahead of the game. Because of sophisticated technology, computer users need to be extremely careful when navigating the internet by taking preventative measures to protect their machines. The problem is many antivirus and virus removal tools don’t work effectively against the latest threats. Still, people should keep their antivirus software up to date and make sure to back up any important information and documents.
Steiner goes on to say, “It’s important for people to be aware of these threats so they can be avoided. It is also critical to practice safe web browsing practices such as never giving any personal information, clicking on any suspicious links and falling for an offer that seems too good to be true. We always tell people that if they aren’t sure they should click on something or if their computer does get infected they should just call one of our technical support staff. Many times extra clicking and other activities by the user can make things even worse.”
While online threats continue to become more sophisticated, Steiner concludes, “Utilize caution, back up your files and keep your virus software up to date. In the event a virus or malware attack hits your machine, remain calm and get an expert involved if you’re unsure of what to do.”
OnlineVirusRepair.com is an American based company specializing in remote removal of computer viruses and malware for individual computer users and businesses. A portion of every sale goes to charity. The company was founded in 2012 by Dan Steiner and Brent Sarkison with headquarters in San Luis Obispo, CA. Customers with infected machines can call or chat with OnlineVirusRepair.com technicians to have viruses, malware, and spyware removed remotely without the hassle of taking their computer “into the shop.” Technicians are able to remotely remove threats even without the client being at their computer; often in 30 minutes or less.
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