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Common Virus Thread Types On Computers And How Virus Removal Services Help

There are dozens of viruses that can attack your computer at any one time. The most nefarious ones are the ones that you cannot uninstall on your own once they are on your computer. If you have allowed your anti-virus software to lapse or haven't upgraded your software in a while, you may already have a virus lurking on your computer that just needs you to activate it with a few clicks of the mouse or a couple keystrokes in the right software program. Here are some of the more common virus thread types, what they attack, and how virus removal services can help.

Attackers of DOS

Disk operating systems, or DOS for short, is at the heart of most software retention programs in laptops and desktop computers. If you get a DOS virus, such as "Eliza", "Alabama", "Jerusalem," or "Techno", these viruses start to unravel the core programming of your computer and/or infect other computers that connect to yours. They are most closely associated to problems with MS, a leading software company, and its self-named MS-DOS.

Attackers of Windows Software

Examples of viruses that attack Windows software are "hare", "CIH" and "A and A."  For the most part, these viruses attack your COM files or your EXE files, one of which (e.g., "ACME") duplicates itself as both a COM and an EXE file so if you try to remove the original EXE file that you accidentally or intentionally installed, the duplicate COM file will just regenerate the original EXE file. This makes these viruses even more difficult to deal with because you cannot extract both files at the same time in order to remove the virus from your computer. A total swipe or factory reset is almost inevitable, although a really good anti-virus program may be able to contain the virus and keep it from spreading throughout your system or computers linked to yours.

Polymorphic Viruses

Polymorphic viruses may be the worst of all. They are able to change and adapt (hence, "poly-morphic") to multiple operating systems. This means that once the virus is present in one computer, it can jump and spread to any other computer. The infected computer should not be used to link to any other computer or computing system until an IT professional has successfully removed the virus.

How Virus Removal Services Can Help

If you are like most people, your entire life is on your computer. Your family photos, your music library, your important documents--everything is there, and a complete wipe of your system would erase it all in minutes. A virus removal service like Microworx can help. They can extract your important files and documents, scan them for infection, save them to a portable drive, and then wipe your computer. Then they reboot your computer, install fresh operating system software and any other software programs you cannot live without before uploading all of your extracted and saved files back onto your computer. Finally, an anti-virus program is added so that you do not have to go through this process again for a long time (and hopefully never, so long as you upgrade/renew your anti-virus software regularly).