While this picture might look funny, the damage caused by Viruses and Malware is definitely not a joke. At the very least, they will reduce the performance of your computer. However, most viruses and malware are developed for criminal purposes. Many of these will:
Download and install more rogue software on your computer.
Take complete control of your computer to do whatever the developers want.
Use your computer to lauch online attacks against other networks.
Steal your usernames and passwords for online banking etc.
Encrypt data files on your computer and demand a ransom to de-crypt them.
Use your email account to send the virus on to every email address that can be gathered from your computer.
There are a few simple but critical steps that you can take to minimise the risk of viruses on your computer.
If you think that your computer is infected by a virus or other malware, then shut down your computer and contact us as soon as possible to get this checked.