San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) December 26, 2012
The previous year has been nothing short of an eruption of new viruses and spyware. Millions of people each year are attacked by all different sorts of viruses and malicious software, some of which aren’t even aware that their computer is infected. 2012 presented many new types of infections, which has kept antivirus and anti-spyware companies busy. The new viruses have made online threat removal more difficult and have forced new techniques to be put in place.
One particular type of infection has grown significantly over the past year. New viruses that are disguised to look like a government program have been spreading around the world. The new type of virus generally blocks users from accessing their desktop, documents, and programs until the user pays a ransom (generally a hundred dollars or more) to the cyber criminals who created the virus. The goal of these new viruses is to trick people into thinking they have committed a crime, and are paying the government to clear charges, but in reality it’s all a scam to steal money. In the United States, the most popular instance of these new scams are the FBI Virus, Department of Justice Virus, and the United States Cyber Security virus.
Dan Steiner, Co-Founder of OnlineVirusRepair.com, expresses “These new viruses are very malicious, and are probably the most common type of infection we’ve been seeing all year. Some of the new viruses even turn on webcams to scare people into believing the virus is legitimate. We’re expecting the worst, and anticipate that 2013 will present even more viruses of this type.”
The new ransom viruses aren’t just prevalent in the United States. These types of ransom scams are taking to other countries like Australia, who has reported a scam called the Australian Federal Police Virus, and Great Britain with the Metropolitan Police Scam. While these viruses have different names, they all use the same tactics in attempt to extort money from users.
Online Virus Repair has been training it’s staff and implementing new standards to take on these new malicious programs. The company highly anticipates that this type of scam will be significantly more prevalent in 2013, along with an increase in fake antivirus scams and cyber scams. “It’s not unusual for these viruses to disable or prevent anti-virus software from functioning once infected. Users need to be aware of these types of scams, and should contact professionals for help when it occurs” Steiner continues.
OnlineVirusRepair.com is an American based company specializing in online virus and malware removal for individual computer users and businesses. 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.