The advent of the internet allowed people to spread information from one computer to another computer, but over time the internet has evolved into a library, where you can find videos discussing how things work, to social media where you can chat with your friends and keep up to date with what they’re doing.
There are streaming channels like Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos where you can watch TV shows and movies that aren’t available on ordinary TV channels.
But there are pieces of computer code out there, designed to latch on and target your computer and bring it down. These pieces of codes are computer viruses, and there are dozens out there. They attach to files under the guise of being something positive and helpful – for instance, a virus could be lurking in a photograph you’ve found on the internet. Well, when you’ve saved that same photograph to your computer it begins to spread, going through other programs without the knowledge of the victim.
There are several types of computer virus out there, but below is a list of things out there:
- Trojan – These viruses disguise themselves to resemble something attractive. Ordinarily, they don’t replicate, but when they are opened they can cause a lot of damage to your computer.
- File Infector – This is basically a parasite that attaches itself to a program file. The infectors are usually in files ending with .com, or .exe. When the program is launched they attack the computer.
- Worms – These are viruses you’ve probably heard of. They are very common viruses on the internet. These come in emails, and when they’re opened they take up space, replicate, and they send themselves off to anyone listed in your email address book.
How to Keep Your PC Virus Free
There are many ways to keep yourself virus free, but don’t expect your measures to work all the time because even if you’re monitoring your computer all the time something might get in, but here is a list of ways you can use to help it not become a daily event.
- DON’T OPEN EMAILS YOU’RE NOT SURE ABOUT! – Many computer viruses are hidden as layers of code inside the files contained in an email, and they can easily bypass the firewalls of your computer. If you open them you might get a worm. Don’t open them if you’re unsure about the sender because he might be trying to damage your computer.
But if the email contains an attachment you haven’t opened, then you are probably safe. Delete it at once. But there are means that allow you to view an email without actually opening it so you can verify it.
- Remain vigilant when you are surfing the net – Don’t download anything from a site you’re unsure about since many websites can be willing servers of viruses.
Avoid downloading screensavers, freeware, games – they might look safe, but they might not be. Any files with .exe or .com could be holding file infector viruses like mentioned above.
- Update your anti-virus software frequently and run checks on your computer since new viruses and worms are created daily, and they might not be known in the database of whatever software you’ve got on your computer. Also, visit reputable anti-virus websites to keep up-to-date with whatever is out there.
- For all of your accounts online – Facebook, eBay, Amazon – always vary your passwords so then no one can access your accounts.
Remember, despite these steps to help you protect your computer and your privacy, there is a possibility your computer will be infected. But try to keep careful. Hopefully, this list has given you ideas on how to keep your PC virus free.