How does a virus get on my computer?
These days it’s easy to become infected with some type of virus. The usual ways are:
We install a program & click ‘NEXT’ & ‘NEXT’ & don’t take the time to read the boxes as they appear during the install. Even the most trusted software companies may install third party programs if we don’t opt out by un-checking some box or radio button. Those third party programs often take over our browsers by changing our home page or search engine & more trouble ensues.
Or…While browsing the web an Internet advertisement or window appears that says your computer is infected or that a certain plug-in is required. Without fully understanding what it is you’re getting, you accept the prompt. If in doubt, Google it.
And then there’s:
Opening e-mail attachments. E-mail attachments, even when from a co-worker, friend, or family member can cause trouble if they aren’t as careful as you. E-mail addresses can be faked and even when not faked your acquaintance may unsuspectingly be forwarding you an infected file. When receiving an e-mail with an attachment, if the e-mail was not expected or from someone you don’t know; delete it. If the e-mail is from someone you know you should still be cautious when opening the attachment.
Another way we might receive a virus is: Downloading infected software
When downloading any software, including games, make sure you’re downloading the software from a reliable source and while installing it you’re reading all prompts about what the program is putting on your computer.
If ever you do get some nasty virus on your computer we here at Ed’s ComputerWorks can fix the problem. Happy surfing & be careful. It’s a jungle out there!