Things like your computer acting erratically, locking up, blue screening, or just not running
at its "usual" performance pace often signify that the strange behavior of the computer is
indeed the work of a "virus".
What exactly is a virus? A virus is a computer program written to reproduce itself, spread
and quite often, cause damage by impacting computer performance or deleting data. While
dangerous, a virus cannot spread on its own; it must be executed or run to do any damage.
What kind of damage can a virus do? The majority of viruses are not much more than
harmless e-graffiti (commonly known as "hoax viruses"), ways for hackers to prove that
they could have disabled your computer system had they so desired. The viruses with both
bark and bite, capable of crippling your operating system or wiping crucial files from your
hard disk, are the REAL dangers!
So.. how can you prevent this from happening to you? Well, there are several things that can
and should be done. First and foremost, purchase a good anti-virus program and keep it up-
to-date. Most people think that if they purchase the anti-virus software and install it, that
they're finished. No, no, no, no, no!
Virus protection is like taking cold medicine. You wouldn't take one dose and expect to
never get a cold again. Well, it's the same with updating your anti-virus software. Because
there are as many as 6 new viruses created every day, updating should be done as often as
once a day.
The more often your anti-virus checks for updates, the less likely one will slip through its
If you do get a virus and cannot remove it with a change of anti-virus software then you will
need to call a professional in to help you out.