These Tips Will Help You Prevent Viruses from Infecting Your Computer and Will Give You a Hassle Free Computing Experience!


Shweta K Bakshi Posted: November 11 ,2014

Computers, like any other gadget require proper maintenance, cleaning, and at times changing some of the parts of this gadget is also inevitable. Keeping the system virus-free is an important aspect of maintenance of a computer.

 

In this article, we discuss some basic know-how on Computer Viruses.

 

What is a Computer Virus?

 

Computer Viruses are malware programs that corrupt computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive. Programmers or hackers create this software to harm or steal data of the users.

The virus replicates on its own and may infect the gadget, permanently remove important data, corrupt the hard drive, or even make the PC unusable.

 

How Does a Computer Get Infected With a Virus?

 

Any of the following reasons may infect the PC:


  1. Firewall Not Activated
  2. Anti-virus Software Not Installed
  3. Sharing of Files in an Infected Network
  4. File Transfers made via a Messenger Service
  5. Virus Downloaded from a Spam Email Attachment
  6. Data Copied from an infected CD or any other External Hardware

 

 

 How to Prevent Computer Virus?

 

By adopting the following steps, users can prevent malware attacks on PCs:

 

1) Activate Firewall on the PC:

 

Activating Firewall is a good precautionary measure to prevent virus attacks on a computer.

 

For activating Firewall on Windows-run systems: GO TO START > CONTROL PANEL > INTERNET CONNECTIONS > WINDOWS FIREWALL > ON

 

For activating Firewall on MAC systems: GO TO APPLE MENU > SYSTEM PREFERENCES > SHARING PANE > FIREWALL > START

 

2) Download an Anti-virus Software:

 

There is an array of free and paid anti-virus software available in the market. Installing a good software helps in keeping viruses away.

 

3) Do Not Open Suspicious Documents:

 

We recommend users not to open suspicious mails, or copy documents without scanning CDs, floppies, DVDs, pen drives, and other external hardware. 

 

How to Remove a Computer Virus?

 

If a virus has already infected the PC, then the user may try any of the following solutions:

 

1) Connect to the internet and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner. 

 

2) If the internet connection is unavailable, the user may try the below-mentioned process:

 

RESTART THE SYSTEM> REPEATEDLY PRESS F8> GO TO ADVANCED BOOT OPTIONS> SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING> LOG IN WITH ADMIN RIGHTS> RUN MICROSOFT SAFETY SCANNER

 

3) To remove the virus manually, we suggest taking assistance of a professional.

 

For smooth functioning of the PC, it is imperative to prevent viruses and remove them immediately if already infected. After removal, it is important to reinstall lost software and restore lost information. We recommend all users to take regular backups of all crucial information stored on their systems.

 

Espouse to the tips above and indulge in a hassle free computing experience, as ‘Prevention is always better than Cure!’





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