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Fighting Back Against the Zombie PC

Zombie PC

There’s no doubt that zombie movies are popular right now—their gross depictions of willful, wanton destruction are thrilling. As much as we love zombie movies, however, no one loves a “Zombie PC,” especially since willful, wanton destruction isn’t exactly a feature we look for in our computers.

Although a Zombie PC is a relatively rare thing, if you have one, your control over your computer can be completely compromised. Even worse, a Zombie PC can launch nefarious and haunting “attacks” that can infect and damage the equipment of the other people on your network.

How Does a Computer Turn into a Zombie PC?

It can start with a determined hacker, or attacker as we’ll call the person here, who has sent a trojan virus(malicious software disguised as a desirable program). After the user accepts the trojan virus, it immediately inserts itself into the user’s computer completely undetected. This leaves the user’s computer is vulnerable to being taken over by the attacker for any kind of malicious deed or attack. These attacks can range from using the Zombie computer to send mass emails that are themselves infected by the trojan virus to uncovering personal info saved on the computer, including banking and financial information.

How Cox Can Save your PC from Turning into a Zombie

You can fight back against this hijacking of your home PC. Our Home Network Security Check can help  stave off any attempts to turn your PC into a Zombie. Free to Cox High Speed Internet subscribers, Home Network Security Check can quickly assess your wireless home network setup and alert you to any potential security issues. If a potential problem is detected, you’ll get easy-to-follow instructions on how to secure your network. 

Find out more on how Home Network Security Check can help secure your home wireless system.

 
 
 
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