We’re removing the W32.Xpiro virus from four Lake Norman area computers today! We started yesterday and this infection is nasty. Not only does it do the normal virus stuff like open backdoors, allow other infections in, and duplicate itself, this thing is corrupting executables as well. Last night, we found that it had corrupted the executable files for Intuit Quickbooks, Adobe Reader, MS Paint and Google Chrome on two unrelated computers. These applications had to be reinstalled and the Windows operating systems (one with Win XP, the other with Win 7) had to be repaired this morning. I’m still not sure how these four computers (two from Mooresville, one from Cornelius, and one from Cleveland) originally contracted the W32.Xpiro virus. To be safe, make sure you update your antivirus definitions, complete regular scans, be very careful on opening emails with attachments, and watch the links that you’re clicking on when surfing the internet (remember, anyone’s website can be hacked and infections deposited). If you do find the W32.Xpiro infection on your computer, we’ve found more success with Norton Power Eraser and Microsoft Security Essentials than with McAfee, AVG, or even Malwarebytes in removing these infections. Be warned that infected executables will have to be disinfected and/or deleted to remove the W32.Xpiro virus and the applications and/or operating system will have to be repaired to operate. Be careful out there!
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Most computer viruses come from gaming and social websites and/or email attachments. The people that create these viruses make some of them so you do not know you have downloaded a virus. Lots of people I work for around Lake Norman need computer repairs for that exact reason.
These types of viruses are called a Trojan Horse after the historic battle where a wooden horse was delivered with a hollow stomach housing many warriors that defeated their enemy. A Trojan Horse virus is delivered /downloaded to your computer without your knowledge with a specific action or time set to unload the virus payload. It’s a tricky method of hiding a virus for a period of time and often times you will never know where it came from.
I can get rid of Trojan Horse viruses, give me a call and I’ll fix it for you.
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