My Computer Might Have a Virus! How Can I Tell and What Can I Do About It?

There are literally millions of computer viruses out there with more being produced every day.

Why do hackers create these viruses?  Don’t they have something better to do?

The sad truth is that hackers get a sick sense of accomplishment and self worth from being able to do harm to computers all over the world.

They don’t care if the computer they hack has no information on it.  If they are able to do damage to a computer, it is another notch in their belt.

So what can you do about it?  The first step is to be sure that you don’t already have a virus.  Then you want to be sure you have the best antivirus software protection you can afford.

Do you already have a virus?

The best way to tell if you have a virus is if there are things happening on your computer that have not been happening before.  Maybe you have pop ups, certain programs aren’t working like they used to or you are having trouble opening files.

These are all telltale signs that you may have a virus.

What is the best anti virus software?

Before we get into our recommendations, just a quick note…you may think that installing more than one antivirus software package will increase your protection.

This is not true.  We recommend installing only one, high quality software.  Installing any more can cause system vulnerabilities and slow down your computer significantly.

Don’t way to pay for antivirus software?  Microsoft actually has a really good free product called Microsoft Security Essentials.

After you install the software, be sure to run a FULL SCAN to check for viruses.

It might not catch everything…but it is better than nothing

Just like drugs will not cure all human diseases, antivirus software may not be able to catch and remove all viruses.    But your chances of getting a computer virus are a lot less if you do use a reputable anti virus software package.

Still have questions?

If you have any doubt, feel free to bring your computer to our office and we can check it out.  Don’t delay because viruses can steal your personal information and can record your website passwords.

Also feel free to contact us or ask a question on Twitter.

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