How Can You Get A Computer Virus?
There are many ways your computer can get infected with adware, malware, spyware, ransomware and viruses.
Agreeing without reading through
Undoubtedly the most prevalent means a computer gets infected with virus is when a user agrees whatever they see on the display without reading through the prompt before continuing especially when installing applications online. When online ads or maybe screen display shows up with information that your system is infected or rather your system is running slow or that a special plug-in is needed. And without reading through and fully knowing what you are going to use and you agree to the prompt.
By an infected Disk or USB drive
Every disk or thumb drive inserted into a computer system will be contaminated with a virus if the computer is infected. Provided that any media is writable, a computer virus can get into it from an infected computer. A general approach hackers use to gain entry into a network is actually by leaving a thumb drive with harmful script onto it. After that, any user that inserts the thumb drive to their system, it gets attacked by the virus.
Pirated Software, Music, or Movies
When you use your pc for bit torrent program and other illegitimate exchange of copyrighted software, movies or music, you are likely to be in danger of virus infection. Often times, these files or programs hold viruses or even hazardous software.
Download of any Infected Program
Each time you’re downloading any specific software, be it games, utilities, updates and so on through internet, ensure you are accessing the software from trusted source. Also, ensure to use antivirus software and malware scanner to analyze downloads. When installing software, study all prompts in regards to what else the program is adding on your system.
Not running the most up-to-date software
Most of the updates, particularly those related to Microsoft Windows, are safety focused. Ensure you have the operating system and also other programs on your computer updated to the recent version. The plug-ins related to your web browser may hold security risks too. To ensure you have the most recent updates, you can run your PC Hope tool to verify installed plug-ins in addition to their versions.
Ways to Avoid Getting A Computer Virus
We rely on the internet daily so we should be vigilant with security & safe browsing practices.
There is an increase in “shock tactics” to get you to click on things. Be it an unbelievable news story, promise of riches, an unusually high power bill, a fine etc. Combine this with a recognizable logo or photo and you have a recipe for disaster. Think before you click!
Contemporary browsers are designed to protect us so most of the time you actually infect your own computer by clicking on something you shouldn’t.
Always make sure your internet browser is set up to ask each time before it can automatically download or run files. If necessary, verify everything, and you will be less likely to be infected with virus.
Don’t use Windows XP: Official support ended on 8th April 2014. This means support and security updates are no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP, your computer will become vulnerable to security risks & viruses. As time goes on, fewer devices and programs will work with Windows XP.
Use a current internet browser: If you use Internet Explorer or another outdated browser, you will be exposing your system to security threats. Browsers like Chrome, Opera and Firefox are considerably more protected compared to outdated browsers, and they’re even easier to customize. Firefox & Chrome, have got a huge range of add-ons relating to both privacy and security which you can use to secure your system on the web.
However, in the event you really do not wish to change browsers, then ensure that you have updated version to avert infection.
Avoid deceptive popups: Probably the most heinous pop ups online are intended to appear like genuine. Most of these pop ups try to mislead the user into believing their antivirus software has detected virus infection, but by the time you decide to click on the popup, the adware will be automatically installed on your machine.
When those pop ups appear, never attempt clicking on the “X” to exit the pop up display, because this will often bring about more pop ups. Using the ALT+F4 keys will close browser windows. Alternatively, use the system “Task Manager” to close it completely.
How To Get Rid Of A Virus
The best thing to do is turn your computer off and call us at Bridge IT. We can come directly to your residence and remove the virus using all the skills, tools and tricks we have learned over the years. In the event your computer is believed to be infected, you can run your antivirus programs and antimalware programs but it’s best to shut it down and call us to prevent any further damage.
In case this fails to remove the infection, then you should:
- Take note of the virus name or message, turn off your computer and call Bridge IT immediately
The best tip here is that you should always maintain up-to-date antivirus and spyware software on your computer. Download Microsoft updates and other software fixes and updates as soon as they’re available.
If all else fails, call Bridge IT!