How to handle a Computer Virus
When you first suspect a computer virus on your computer, you usually get some pop ups, or the PC all of a sudden runs very slow, or redirected to another location. The best resolution would be to either run a computer Virus scan or call your local Information Technology Professional (Avanti Networks Inc.) . But Avanti Networks Recommends that you at least disconnect the network cable, or shut down your wireless so that you do not spread the computer virus. If your unsure shut down the computer and call someone
Here are some tips taken from Homeland Security Website:
Stop.Think.Connect. Cyber Tips
The majority of cybercriminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a government agency, Fortune 500 company, small business, or belong to a home user. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of an incident:
- Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, colleagues and community about Internet safety.
- Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
- Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The extent, nature, and timing of cyber incidents are impossible to predict. If you are a victim of a cyber incident, follow the steps below to respond and recover from the incident.
|If at Home||
|If at Work||
|If at a public place (school, library, etc.)||
After taking immediate action, notify the proper authorities:
- File a report with the local police so there is an official record of the incident.
- Report online crime or fraud to your local United States Secret Service (USSS) Electronic Crimes Task Force or Internet Crime Complaint Center. …….”
- Report identity theft and consumer fraud to the Federal Trade Commission.