Feb 5, 2018

Computer Virus Prevention and Removal

Computer Virus Prevention and Removal

A virus is a piece of code that gets loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Or in other word Computer Virus is a self-replicating piece of computer code that can partially of fully attach itself to computer files or applications and cause havoc to the computer, like any other program, it contains instruction that instruct the computer on a task. But unlike an application program, a computer virus usually instructs the computer to perform a task which the user does not want it to perform. The first known occurrence of viruses goes back to 1987 when the ARPANET was infected by one.

One common misnomer among people is that you can infect your computer just by opening an email and reading its text. That is not possible; it is usually the files attached to the email that contain the virus. The most common file types are ".SCR" ".VBS" ", ".PIF".

Prevention is better than a cure: Here are some tips to make sure that your computer does not get infected.

==> Get a good Anti-Virus software like Norton Anti-Virus, MacAfee, PC Cillin, Smadav etc.
==> Keep your anti-virus software updated by downloading new virus definitions regularly. Most Anti-Virus software comes with the feature of updating virus definitions.
==> Keep your windows operating system updated by regularly downloading new updates from the Internet. Windows O/S's have a lot of security loopholes and bugs that can be easily exploited by worms and viruses.
==> Make sure the anti-virus scans the file each time before its opened.
==> Floppy disks and removable media are a good source of viruses; always scan them before accessing files on them.
==> Never open email attachments from sources that are unknown or suspicious.
==> Do not open emails that have questionable subject lines.
==> When in doubt about a file, don't open it.
==> Even with the best of precautions bad things can still happen. Backup all your data and important files.

Even after taking all these precautions if your computer does get infected, then here are a few things that you can do: Online clearing tools - are a good source of trying to clean out the virus, there are many Anti-Virus websites that offer free online virus detection and removal services. Removal tools - If you have an Anti-Virus software then you can go to the website of that software and download removal tools designed specifically for the virus. However, you must find out the name of the virus that infects your PC beforehand. If you have a backup of all your important files, you can also consider formatting your hard disk. 

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Hey! I’m Muhammad Abba Gana, popularly known as AbbaGana, a blog Scientist by mind and a passionate blogger by heart fountainhead of Guidetricks, Duniyan Fasaha, Duniyar Yau, Hanyantsirah, Gidan Novels, Abba Gana Novels and Be With Me Technology, I am twenty something year old guy from Jimeta, Adamawa State, Nigeria. I’m a Freelance writer, Information marketer, professional blogger, Web designer, Internet speaker, software Developer and also an author. I make living with my laptop and can work from anywhere I find myself (as long as there is a power supply and a reliable internet connection).


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