Recovering From A Computer Virus

In the massive world of the global telecommunications network, there is a broad range of things to do. Whether it’s streaming digital television, keeping track of friends and family with social media, ordering daily use products from online retailers or maintaining a collection of video games, the internet is full of both useful and entertaining things to do.

However, there is a legitimate dark side to the massive spread of worldwide telecommunications, and some of them are darker than others. Even barring extreme examples of the internet offering benefits to people who should not have them, sometimes the online world offers users unwanted hassles of far less gravity.

One such problem that is less important in the grand scheme of things but still fantastically annoying is the problem of computer viruses. These are a wide range of malicious programs that can do a lot of things people do no want them to do. At their least destructive levels, they simply install themselves on your computer and change settings and devour processing power without your consent.

At the far range of malicious computer software that can be accidentally acquired, some programs can be used to steal phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers and even social security numbers. This information can even transform into the waking nightmare that is identity theft, where hackers use personal information to steal a victim’s money and use their name to do things the victim would never do themselves.

The best way to prevent getting one of these viruses is a matter of prevention. Avoiding shady parts of the internet is a good idea. Clicking on pop-up ads and banners is always a bad idea as these ads tend to carry adware, programs that bombard you with further ads once you agree to it. Be extremely careful of what you download, even if it seems legitimate.

For instance, many sites will ask you if you want to update your web browser, but all too often these “updates” are malware programs that bring nothing but grief. Additionally, sites using “click bait” titles (titles of articles clearly intended to motivate people to click on the link just to see what’s going on because the title is so sensationalistic) are generally riddled with computer viruses.

The right anti-virus program can also help. Norton and McAfee may come free on many machines, but in a lot of ways, these programs are viruses in and of themselves. AVG is a better anti-virus program, but make sure you’re getting the right one, as it is surprisingly popular for virus programmers to cover their toxic programs with AVG seeing updates and logos.

Additionally, when you do come down with a virus, one should examine the processes running on their computer in the system monitor. If you see a program eating up a lot of processing power, Google search its name and see if it’s a virus, as well as how to remove it if it is. Google searches will show you how to get rid of most viruses.

However, if you are unable to remove a virus yourself then you may need to call in the help of a specialist IT firm to help you resolve the issue. If you already had anti-virus software installed before the infection then your situation may not be as bad. Over the years we have found Fluent Technologies Ltd very good for resolving virus and malware issues safely. You can find out more about how they work via the Fluent Facebook page.

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