Let us approach this topic by first considering what a computer virus is. A virus is a little program or application which has been developed to break through your computers defences and place your system and your stored information at risk. These little programs take on various forms and are known as viruses, worms and Trojans. They affect your computers performance negatively and many are able to self-replicate. If the correct environment exists, such a virus can be spread and cause havoc wherever they are able to invade a system.
When you are aware that your computer has been infected, it is important to isolate your system from your circle of acquaintances to avoid the virus to spread. Do not share information, files or application taken from an infected system. That will be the quickest way to spread the danger and put the computers of others at risk as well. Get hold of good anti-virus software to remove the threat from your computer immediately before it is able to harm your system, including files and hardware. Most PCs bought today will include and operating system and come with some sort of virus protection. Also keep the protection offered by your software up to date by installing the regular updates that the software vendor releases.
When choosing your anti-virus solution, be careful of free tools that are made available on the internet. Often these can actually themselves be viruses which want to bridge your computer security. Some of these will offer to install itself on your computer automatically, run a supposed scan of your system and report bogus malicious threats. These are often the viruses themselves and can ultimately harm your system. Never accept the invitation of assistance offered by these online ‘anti-virus’ tools.
With the number of people using the internet, it has become saturated with viruses and other malicious dangers. This pool is being increased constantly. The chances of encountering a potential virus attack are inevitable. When your computer has been attacked, then use good anti-virus software to detected and eliminate the danger. Most often a disk format is not the only solution. Reputable anti-virus software includes tools which in most cases are able to remove these threats with minimal damage to your system.
It is also a good idea to know what the signs of a possible virus infection are. Viruses affect computer performance which makes the computer slow and unresponsive. Your computer may also become susceptible to crashing with no apparent reason. While online, viruses can redirect you to totally unrelated web pages. When the computer file system has been infected, you might notice unfamiliar hidden files in most of the folders and you may receive error messages reporting file corruption.
It is important for you to be able to recognize these tell-tale signs. Once they present themselves, you need to take the necessary action to verify if your system has been infected with a computer virus. If that is the case, then take all the measures necessary to remove it. Regular system scans of your computer should become routine.