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What is a virus?
A computer virus is a piece of code or a program that gets put on your computer without your knowledge and runs without your permission. Viruses have the ability to copy themselves and spread from one computer to another. When its replication works, it can change data files, the hard drive’s boot sector, and other things. The area is said to be infected.
Viruses are programs that were made by people. Usually, they are made to get to private information, mess up data, or show political or funny messages on the user’s screen. They add themselves to host programs and spread when those programs are run.
Every year, viruses cause billions of dollars worth of damage. Most viruses try to get into computers that run Microsoft Windows. Anti-virus programs were made by programmers to fight viruses.
What a computer virus does?
Attackers can use viruses to do a lot of different things. Here are some of the most important things that the viruses have done:
• Viruses can make computers run slower by destroying system files.
• Viruses can get rid of user data without the user’s permission.
• Viruses can mess up a computer’s boot system so that it doesn’t work.
• Viruses can get the information that is stored and send it to someone else.
• Viruses can get into social media accounts that are saved on computers and even post irrelevant content on their behalf.
• Viruses can show a lot of fake or harmful ads or messages on a computer screen to get people’s attention. In the meantime, this helps the virus to get into the computer.
How do you keep a computer from getting a virus?
Install virus protection software
Anti-virus software actively looks for viruses that are trying to get into your email, system files, or operating system. Choose a good software package by looking at the company and product’s reputation, the software’s features (like daily updates), and how well it works with your computer.
Also, think about how much the software costs. It’s important to know that the most expensive software programs aren’t always the best. And free software programs may not give you enough protection, even though they are good for your wallet.
Install software to stop spyware and malware.
Malware and spyware can hurt your network just as much as a virus. Anti-malware and anti-spyware programs should have the same features as anti-virus programs. These programs should do full system scans on your computer, update spyware and malware definitions lists on a regular basis, put spyware in quarantine, and get rid of the malware.
Most people just buy anti-virus software that can scan for and get rid of spyware and malware, but no one piece of software can find and get rid of everything. Use more than one method to protect your computer system. A more focused attack can be made against these threats with the help of a piece of software that was made for a specific purpose.
Do full system scans every day.
Malware, spyware, and viruses are always getting better. Because of this, they can sometimes get past your security measures and infect your computer. Use your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software to scan your network every day to find, quarantine, and remove any malicious agents before any damage is done.
Set up a schedule for system backups.
There are many kinds of bad things that can damage the things on your computer. Set up a backup plan to make sure you can get your data back if something bad happens to your computer.
Think about backup options like the cloud or an external hard drive that you own. With a cloud service, you can save copies of your files online. You can copy your updated files by hand onto a personal external hard drive that you can connect to your computer.
Update your computer system often.
It is very important to run updates on your computer system often so that bugs and other problems can be fixed. If you don’t let system updates happen, hackers can take advantage of the bugs and oddities that are still in your system. Make sure you can get updates as soon as they come out.
Activate your firewall
A network firewall is an important tool that acts as a fence around your computer and stops people from getting in or out without your permission. Use the firewall that comes with the operating system when setting up or configuring a computer. You can change the firewall settings to suit your needs.
Be careful with email.
Hackers can use email in a lot of different ways, like hiding viruses in attachments. Do not read or open emails from addresses you don’t know. Get rid of them right away from your inbox.
Be careful when you use the Internet.
Spyware and malware can be on even the safest websites. A virus can get into your computer with just one click of the mouse. Many fake websites are disguised to look like real ones. Check the name and spelling of the website when you type in its URL. Don’t click on pop-ups, ads, images, or links to other sites.