Protect Yourself from Viruses

No matter what you do, you are bound to run into a computer virus at some point. These are nasty little customers, and can leave your computer running at a snail’s pace, or can crash it altogether. The very bad ones can erase your data and render your machine useless. Even worse than this, they can get hold of your passwords and credit card details.

There are great antivirus software packages out there, but at times, even they can fail to protect your computer. This is why you need to keep an eye on things, and always remember to run a virus check.

If you have software like Norton’s, you should get automatic updates. Always make sure you take the time to download these. This information may be vital to protect your computer from a newer type of virus.

Computer viruses are always evolving, and those who produce them are always looking for new ways to infect your computer. If you have broadband Internet service, you should know you are at the highest risk for getting a virus.
If you don’t have virus software on your computer, you can find a free virus check on the Internet. There are quite a few that will scan your computer for viruses, but most of them stop there. I remember spending two days looking for a virus check that found the viruses and then took care of them. Most places will scan your computer, show you what you have, and then tell you that you must buy the their software to get rid of them.

This trick is quite common, and also happens with many free spyware and malware scans. You might want to read the fine print before you put your computer through a lengthy virus check only to be told you must then buy the product. Some come with a free trial period, and if they offer that, you may want to do it. In many cases, you may like the service so much that you buy it. This is the best way to find out if a virus check is worth your money.

Another thing to remember when running a virus check is to look into customer support if you choose to buy. You want a company that offers you online support if you run into trouble. Many viruses can be removed by software, but on occasion, some may need to be manually removed. This is often a long and complicated procedure. When you have to do this, it is nice to know help is at your fingertips.

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