Viruses and Other Malware
  • Adware:
    Generically adware is a software application in which advertising banners are displayed while any program is running. Adware can automatically get downloaded to your system while browsing any website and can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen automatically. Adware is used by companies for marketing purpose.
  • Spyware:
    Spyware is a type of program that is installed with or without your permission on your personal computers to collect information about users, their computer or browsing habits tracks each and everything that you do without your knowledge and send it to remote user. It also can download other malicious programs from internet and install it on the computer. Spyware works like adware but is usually a separate program that is installed unknowingly when you install another freeware type program or application.
  • Tracking Cookie:
    A cookie is a plain text file that is stored on your computer in a cookies folder and it stores data about your browsing session. Cookies are used by many websites to track visitor information A tracking cookie is a cookie which keeps tracks of all your browsing information and this is used by hackers and companies to know all your personal details like bank account details, your credit card information etc. which is dangerous.

  Common Signs of a Computer Virus Infection
  • Computer startup is very slow
  • Computer takes long periods of time to complete simple tasks
  • Unable to access specific websites
  • Computer freezes or restarts randomly

  Important Facts About Viruses and Other Malware

  • Your computer can be infected with a virus even if you have anti-virus software on your computer.

    Anti-Virus software acts as a door to prevent items from entering your computer. If you download a file with a virus in it, you opened the door and let the virus in. It is important to make sure to only download files or images from legitimate area.
  • Viruses can enter to your computer as an attachment of images, greeting, or audio / video files. Viruses also enters through downloads on the Internet. They can be hidden in a free/trial softwares or other files that you download.

  What do you do think your computer has a virus?

  • WVU Parkersburg Computers:
    If you are using a WVU Parkersburg computer and you believe the computer has a virus or other type of malware, please contact the
    IT Help Desk at 304-424-8215 to schedule an appointment to have the computer checked.
  • Non-WVU Parkersburg Computers:

    • Step 1: Discontinue use of any website where you are using a personal username and password to access sensitive information.

    • Step 2: Check to make sure the anti-virus software is on and up-to-date on the computer.

    • Step 3: Disconnect the computer from the internet

    • Step 4: Run an anti-virus scan of the computer.

    There are also spyware and malware scanners available for free on the internet that can detect and remove malicious items.
    A brief list can be found here.

    Note: Read all product instructions before installing any program. WVU Parkersburg is not responsible for any possible damage that could be caused by using any of the products.


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