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 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
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.