PC viruses are a big problem, and they’re getting bigger. According to the AntiVirus Alliance, there were more than 2.5 billion attacks on computers in 2016, and that number is projected to grow to more than 3.6 billion by 2021. So what can you do to protect yourself from these viruses?
What is a virus?
A virus is a type of computer program that can damage or disable your computer. Viruses can be spread through email, downloads, chat rooms and other online activities.
Most viruses are designed to hijack your browser so that the virus can continue to spread. Once installed, the virus will monitor all online activity and send the user’s personal information back to the attacker.
There are many ways to protect yourself from viruses and malware: always use a reliable antivirus software; keep your software up-to-date; use layered protection (such as a firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus software); avoid clicking on pop-ups and suspicious links; and never open attachments from unknown sources.
If you do encounter a virus or malware, please take the time to learn how to remove it safely.
How does a virus work?
A virus is a program that is designed to damage or disable your computer. Once it is on your computer, it can do a lot of damage. Viruses are small pieces of software that are attached to emails or websites that you visit. When you open the email or website, the virus is automatically downloaded onto your computer.
Once the virus is on your computer, it can start doing damage right away. It can steal your passwords, cookies, and other important files from your computer. It can also delete important files from your hard drive, making it difficult to access information or complete tasks.
What are the symptoms of a virus?
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could mean that you have a virus on your computer: sudden crashes, slow internet speeds, unexplained problems with your computer security, strange new software installations, or unusual system behaviors. In most cases, these problems can be fixed by simply installing a new antivirus program and/or deleting any infected files. However, if the problem continues or gets worse after you’ve tried these steps, it may be time to take your computer to a technician for further evaluation.
How can you protect yourself from a virus?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to protect yourself from a virus depends on the type of virus and your own individual security settings. However, some basic steps you can take to protect yourself include:
• Make sure your computer is up-to-date with the latest security updates.
• Use a firewall to block unauthorized access to your computer.
• Use antivirus software to help protect your computer from viruses.
• Keep your computer clean and free of junk files.
What should you do if you think you have a virus?
If you’re concerned that you may have a virus, your first step should be to run a malware scan. Malware scans can detect and remove viruses from your computer. You can also use antivirus software to scan for and remove viruses. If you can’t find any viruses on your computer with a malware scan or antivirus software, then you may need to take your computer to a professional for diagnosis.
If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, it is likely that you have a virus on your computer. Check to see if any of the viruses listed below are installed on your computer, and then take appropriate steps to remove them:
-A new infection that’s not part of your normal security routine
-Sudden changes in how your computer performs (for example, slower internet speeds or errors when opening files)
-Unexplained increases in pop-ups or other unwanted advertisements