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What Are Computer Viruses And How Do You Protect Against Them

Jun 28, 2008
A computer virus is something that is made by someone to infect another computer's operating system. A virus is a software program that is spread from one computer to another by way of networking and emails as well as IM services. Attachments are the number one way to spread a virus without the user knowing it. Every virus is different because some are made to delete data from your computer while others are made to corrupt the operating system making it do strange things. If you do not use the proper protection, you are subject to any type of virus.

Viruses come in many shapes and forms. You could receive a funny cartoon from a friend without them even knowing they are sending you a virus. Greeting cards are another way for people to send out the virus. You do have to be careful whom you send and receive emails from as well as attachments. The only way to really protect yourself from viruses and intruders on your computer is with a virus protection program. There are many different types of virus protection available today. Some are free and some require you to pay a fee each year to keep the software updated.

The best way to protect your computer is with an updated version of a virus protection program. You should also keep up with all the latest threats as they surface. Once you have a virus, it takes some time to remove it and save your data and files from being lost. The best solution for protecting your computer is to stop the virus before it infects your computer. The best anti virus program will alert you to a potential virus before it infects your computer.

Updating your virus protection is as important as having the program. If you do not check for updates weekly, your virus protection is useless if a new virus surfaces. The virus protection programs watch for virus treats and add that virus to the list of virus to watch for. If you do not have the updated version, which is available online, you can get the new virus. You have to continually update your anti virus program. Setting up your anti virus program is important as well.

You need to set up the program to scan emails before opening them as well as scan attachments before downloading and opening them. You virus protection should also scan web pages that you visit for Trojans and malware. With all the hackers and software developers out there, any website is subject to attack. If you go to a website that has been safe in the past, does not mean it is safe all the time. A virus protection program will alert you to potential harm.

If you have a virus on your computer, you need to do a complete virus scan to delete or repair the infected files. In some cases, you need to do the scan in safe mode. The reason for doing a scan in safe mode is that no programs are running, therefore the scan is able to scan the file or program and take the necessary steps to repair it. In regular run, your virus protection might not be able to fix the infected file because it is running.
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