|Protect your computer from being targeted or hijacked with antivirus and anti malware software. By protecting your computer you can prevent computer thieves from accessing personal information.
A Computer Virus is a program that can copy itself and infect a computer without the permission or knowledge of the user. A computer virus has 2 major characteristics: the ability to replicate itself, and the ability to attach itself to another computer file. Every file or program that becomes infected can also act as a virus itself, allowing it to spread to other files and computers.
What is a Computer Virus?
A computer virus needs another program in order to be able to be activated and infect other computers files. Essentially, a computer virus rides piggyback on another file into your computer - once it is executed, the virus will continue to replicate and attach itself to other program files and continue to spread. The following are a few telltale signs that your computer might have a virus:
- Slow response and slow program execution
- Random hard drive crashes and restarts
- Distorted graphics and text
- Files that have mysteriously vanished
- Extensive pop-up ads
- Inability to open files with existing passwords
What is "malware" (malicious software programs)?
At its most basic definition, malware is when software programs covertly install themselves on your computer, and then perform operations without your permission. Once in place, malware programs may do hundreds of nasty things to your computer. Malware will log your keystrokes, steal your passwords, observe your browsing choices, spawn pop-up windows, send you targeted email, redirect your web browser to phishing pages, report your personal information to distant servers, and serve up pornography. Malware operates invisibly, often without displaying itself in your Task Manager. To top it off, malware usually refuses to be uninstalled through your control panel, and requires special tools to delete them from your drive. Yes, this is a direct cousin to viruses, but with a broader portfolio of wicked intentions.
Purchase or download anti-virus/anti-malware programs that run as you boot or work on your computer. Update the software and run scans frequently if not daily. New viruses and malware are created everyday and by keeping your anti-virus/anti-malware software programs up to date you can prevent them from infecting your computer and stealing important information.