What is Skype virus?
Skype virus is a dangerous program that is spreading around at enormous speed. This virus can also be called as Bitcoin virus, Bitcoin malware or even a Bitcoin mining malware. Why are we mentioning this digital currency? The answer is very simple - we say so because this threat is used to hijack computers' resources and make these affected machines slow and unusable. However, there are some other versions of Skype virus that have been designed for stealing users' personal information and sensitive data from their computers. That's why you should never leave this virus on your machine. The way how it gets inside the system is simple to the infiltration methods used by other malwares. They are mostly based on malicious links that are displayed for Skype community during their browsing. It seems that this method that tries to make people click a malicious link has been working very well because its distribution speed has reached 2000 clicks per hour in the middle of April, 2013. We believe that at the moment of writing this rate is smaller but you should still be very careful when using Skype and avoid unknown links. Fortunately, it's hard not to notice that your machine's speed has dropped down dramatically. In this case, you should double check your computer and make sure that you are not infected. For that we highly recommend using updated anti-virus and anti-spyware programs because they may fail to detect this virus if they don't have it in their data base. If you think that Skype virus is already hiding in your computer, you should definitely try to scan it with Reimage. This program will help you to find all malicious files that are hiding in your PC system.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH SKYPE VIRUS?
As it is obvious, Skype virus is spread through the Skype network. If you want to avoid it, you should ignore all silly messages from your friends, like 'lol is this your new profile pic?', 'This is a very nice photo of you' and similar, and do NOT click on the link that is always incorporated. Besides, some versions of Skype virus need to make the victim download a malicious file on his computer and execute it as well. This file is known to use a name of 'funnypicture.jpg.exe', but there may be other names used for trying to trick more unaware PC users. Skype virus runs at a high priority, so it's hard not to notice its infiltration. If your computer's speed has dropped down dramatically, you should check it for Skype virus. Please, remove this threat without any delay if you want to prevent further problems.
HOW TO REMOVE SKYPE VIRUS?
The most obvious sign telling that you may be infected with Skype virus is system's slow downs. Please, scan your computer with STOPzilla, Reimage for checking the system. These programs will also help you to remove infected files (including the ones that belong to Skype virus) from your computer.
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