Before we talk about virus removal, let’s talk about what a computer virus is, what effects a virus has to your computer, and how you get them.
What is a Virus?
A virus can be a program or computer code that is spread from computer to computer. The program is specifically designed to spread. The most common terms that fall into the virus category are: virus or malware, worm and Trojan. A worm is virus that will replicate and spread; but doesn’t ruin files or programs; rather, it affects computer performance. It will generally slow everything down. Trojan viruses are more sneaky they hide and report or record your computer activity.
Viruses will interfere with the the way your computer performs. A virus can interfere by:
- deleting files
- changing file names
- data loss
- slowing computer processing power
- system crashes
- preventing the computer from operating
How do I get a Computer Virus?
Computer viruses are transmitted in a variety of ways. One of the most common ways that your computer can get a virus is from email. Generally, the virus will come from an attachment to an email message. The email often comes from an email address that you don’t recognize. Be very careful what you click on. If you weren’t expecting an attachment, don’t click on it. This is the most common and straightforward way to get a virus.
You can also get a computer virus from visiting websites. Websites may have code on the site which contains a script that allows a virus or malware to sneak onto your computer. Websites devoted to adult content or pirated media are prime targets for viruses.
Computer Virus Prevention
The best defense is to keep your computer’s operating system up-to-date with the latest security updates. If you’re running a computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system, you will be notified of periodic updates to improve system security. The updates decrease the risk of virus infection.
Installing antivirus software on your computer decreases your risk of catching a computer virus. Antivirus software scans a computer for viruses at specific intervals. The software also scans any attachments you may try to download, to ensure that the attachments are free of viruses. Like operating system software, antivirus software must be kept updated to best protect your computer from infection.
If you have noticed that your computer seems to be sluggish or it’s not running as smoothly as it did when it was new, it may be time for a check-up! Let the professionals at NetCom Computer take a look at your computer. We can provide computer virus detection and computer virus removal. Our staff has the know-how to keep your computer in top condition.