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Computer Viruses cause Office Chaos

Across the globe, over the past few months, people have been coming in to their office and finding that their printers have been wasting paper and ink by printing page upon page of unintelligible nonsense. The culprit is a computer virus called “Milicenso” that was first discovered in 2010 and has made several re-appearances since then in various forms.

Why would someone create a virus that just prints garbage and wastes paper? The answer is simple. The printed pages are actually just a side effect of the virus’ action on the system. The actual goal of the virus is to serve up advertisements to the user.

This virus has come back at a time when some businesses are trying to cut costs in as many ways as possible, and the wastage of large amounts of paper and ink caused by this virus is not going to help.

Up to date antivirus and security software will protect against this virus threat and help infected people to clean up their machines. Most PCs have been infected in one of three ways: Via email attachment, via malicious websites, or via malicious downloads that masquerade as video codecs. As always, it’s important to check the integrity of websites before you download any files – only download from sites you know and trust, and avoid doing so unless it’s absolutely necessary. Don’t open any suspicious or unexpected email attachments.

This is just one example of many recent threats to systems that could cause loss of data, annoyance or even system failure, which is why it is so important to have good, up to date virus protection for your business’ systems, whether it is a standalone PC or many networked together.

If you’re looking for some advice on different anti-virus packages to suit your business needs, give Geek-Guru a call. As part of our IT support service packages, we can:

  • Advise you on the best solution for your small business.
  • Install it and make sure it’s running optimally.
  • Help you understand how to monitor it.
  • Tell you how it keeps your PCs protected.
  • Advise you on any further steps you can take to protect your network.

Call us now on 0845 2340 580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk for information.

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