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VIRUS REMOVAL & PREVENTION

Many people believe that when their computer displays an error message, this means they have a virus. In reality, many other things such as bugs in software, an inadequate hard drive, memory issues or a problem with your virus scanner could cause this. People also assume that when their computer crashes it’s due to a virus, but in actuality this can happen because of something completely unrelated to a virus. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to scan your computer for viruses when error messages or computer crashes occur so you can rule out viruses or Malware as a possible cause.

Many people bring their computers to a repair technician claiming that a virus installed itself and automatically infected their computer system. But in reality, computers cannot infect themselves with a virus. If your computer has a virus, it’s because you’ve physically opened something that had an infected file, or you visited a website hosting a virus and unknowingly opened it. The best way to avoid this is by abstaining from using or opening websites that contain illegal or ‘adult’ content. These websites are not just limited to ‘adult entertainment,’ but also include torrent sites that offer free downloads.

Many people believe that the worst viruses and Malware infect systems running on a Windows operating system. They think that systems such as Apple’s OS X will remain virus free, but this isn’t true. Any and all systems have the capability of being infected by viruses or Malware. Typically more viruses are written and formatted to target Windows operating systems. However, threats are increasing as systems like OS X and Linux become more popular.

Many people believe that if they have a virus they can remove it by simply copying their files to a backup drive or hard drive, re-installing Windows on their computer, and then copying their files back to their computer. In some cases this is true, however, if the virus resides in the files you’ve backed up, then moving them back to your computer will only infect it again. The best way to go about solving this issue is to scan all of your computer files and make sure the virus gets eliminated before putting them back onto your system.

So what can you do to protect your computer and minimize your chances of infection?

The first thing to do is to install a virus-scanning program on your computer and all of your systems. Ensure it’s up to date and that you run it regularly.

And:
•Don’t add programs from unknown sources you don’t trust.
•Stay away from Websites that ask you for your password.
•Don’t install browser add-on programs or plug-ins that Websites suggest. 
•Download all add-on programs directly from the developer’s Website or directly from application stores. 

If you’re worried about your computer and network security, call us today.

Our team will work with you to develop and implement a plan that guarantees protection from computer viruses.

We supply all makes of anti-virus and Internet Security Solutions. Call or email us for pricing.

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