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How to remove viruses?

18 Dec 2007
 by Cristina Mailat | in: Security, Tutorials

As people spend more and more time online, the risk of getting a virus increases. It happens to all of us at some point in time. If you are not able to detect viruses and remove viruses immediately, your computer system could come crashing down. That’ why you need to use a good anti virus software program, like Eset Nod32 to keep your computer virus free.

Worst scenario regarding viruses

You turn on your computer, pick up your mail, and then your worst nightmare comes true. Your computer has just been given a deadly virus that’s erasing your hard drive. You quickly call your computer tech. As you are explaining what happened, your hard drive is being wiped out sector by sector. You get that gut wrenching feeling in the pit of your stomach, because you know you are about to have a “really bad day!”

This whole scenario could have been avoided if you had been running an antivirus software. You know there’s no excuse for not running an anti virus program. You’ve heard it on the news, read it in the paper, and see the warnings on line all the time. You just didn’t think it would happen to you.

Believe me when I say these hackers don’t care who they strike. Rich or poor, young or old, corporations or individuals, we are all targets. The mission of those that deliver viruses is to seek out and destroy. Their sick minds find this an amusing game that hurts innocent people along the way.

Don’t be a victim a second time, take the necessary steps to keep your computer virus free. There are some simple steps you can take, but remember without a good piece of virus software you are still at risk. These steps will simply lower the risk of getting a virus.

How to protect against viruses

Before you can protect yourself you need to understand what a virus is. A virus is a piece of code written to create a negative affect. They can be attached to a program or a file. Most often they are disguised as being something positive. It’s only when you open them that you discover you’ve just been infected.

Since viruses can attach themselves to files you download off the internet, be sure you know what you are downloading and that the company you are downloading from is trustworthy.

If you are putting a floppy disk or CD in your drive or receiving attached files via email be sure you know they are from a reliable source.

If at all possible do not open file attachments with an exe or vbt extension. Watch the email subject header. Many of the most deadly viruses come in the form of an email with a pleasant header: Happy Birthday, Congratulations From Me. If you do not know who the sender is, do not open an attachment. In most cases, as long as you don’t open the attached file you will be safe. If it looks suspicious simply delete it.

The best way of making certain your computer is safe from viruses, is to install antivirus software. The antivirus software is like hiring a personal body guard for your computer. Antivirus software quickly identifies virus files, and either denies the download, or quarantines the file instantly.

Antivirus software

Your antivirus software will keep watch over all files that are placed on your computer. It will scan your hard drives, floppy diskettes, CDs, files that you transfer, and email attachments to make sure you are virus free. If your virus software finds a virus during its regular scan it will either delete it or quarantine it to prevent the infection from spreading. How it handles the virus will depend on your choices during configuration.

If you are running antivirus software but not updating it daily, then you are going to become outdated very quickly, and once again be at risk to getting a virus. If possible, configure your antivirus software to do automatic updates. If this is not an option than you must update your software every day!

Don’t fall for hoaxes. Almost all of us have received one of those emails that say, “I’m sorry I have infected your computer, to get rid of virus x delete this file.” Most come with specific instructions. The problem is, most of these hoaxes have you delete a file that windows uses, so if you follow their directions you could cause your computer to crash. If you receive one of these messages, run a quick check on the internet to find out whether it is valid or a hoax.

Learn to back up regularly. Prevention is the best medicine. Running anti virus will keep you 99% safe, but there is always that 1% chance something might still go wrong. So back up your operating system and important data on a regular basis. If you do a lot of work on your computer or store lots of important data files. It would be a good idea to back these up daily. That way if you are hit by a virus, you will be able to get your system up and running much quicker.

Don’t you think it’s time to give your computer the protection it deserves? Check the Nod32 review and decide for yourself.

Published: 18 Dec 2007  by Cristina Mailat, in: Security, Tutorials Tags: , , , RSS feed for comments on this post.

One Response to “How to remove viruses?”

  1. what u r telling eset nod32 it will remove all virus but im telling to u its not delete virus bz i have one virus in my system the name called has gamesetup.exe tell the soulation . its very urgent .

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