Is your computer acting strange? Are you getting lots of pop-ups or messages that your computer is infected? If so, it might be time to check for viruses. Luckily, it’s easy to do – and this blog post will show you how. So read on, and find out how to protect your computer from those pesky viruses!
First, download an antivirus program onto your computer. There are lots of great free ones available online, like AVG and Avast. Just Google for them!
Then, check the downloads folder (or wherever you saved your downloaded program) to see if it’s there. If it is, open the folder and double-click on the EXE file to install the program.
Next, open your antivirus program and click on the “Scan” tab at the top of the screen. Then, click on “Check for Viruses”. It’ll take a few minutes to scan your computer, but when it’s done you’ll be able to see which viruses were found if there were any.
Finally, if there were viruses on your computer, you’ll need to remove them with the antivirus program. So go back to the “Scan” tab, and this time click on “Virus Removal”. The antivirus program will now remove all of the viruses it found! Now that you’ve removed the viruses, your computer should be back to normal.
If you want, you can do a scan just to make sure that all of the viruses have been removed. Just repeat the first three steps from this blog post, and that should solve the problem!
And voila! You know how to check if your computer has a virus. So go ahead and get protected, and stop worrying about your computer crashing, or if your credit card information has been stolen. It’s easy to stay safe.
What Should You Do If You Get a Computer Virus?
You likely already know that a virus is a piece of malicious computer code. Though viruses vary greatly in how they work, the result is always the same:
They destroy files and cause your computer to run slowly or even crash.
And because they spread via email, visit shady sites, or share documents with infected users, most people contract a virus from someone they know.
Viruses are usually spread by opening attachments or downloading programs from untrusted websites, but sometimes you can get one just by visiting a compromised website that uses plugin security exploits to install malware without your permission.
The best thing you can do is be vigilant and learn common sense computer protection practices. But if you do contract a virus, there are steps you can take to try and remove it or at least salvage your data.
How to Prevent Your Computer from Getting a Virus?
A virus is a malicious computer program that replicates itself and spreads from one file to another or from one computer to another via email or instant messaging programs. Viruses range in severity and effect, and some types of viruses can damage files on your hard drive by deleting them, corrupting them, or formatting the whole disk. Other viruses include “backdoor” programs that allow the virus writer or another party to access your computer without your knowledge. This may result in confidential information being phished from you, passwords being stolen, and even identity theft.
What Are the Symptoms of a Computer Virus?
If you notice any of the following problems with your computer, it might be infested with a virus:
- The computer starts up very slowly.
- You get more than one pop-up on your screen when you open an internet page.
- Programs start-up by themselves when you turn on your computer.
- The paper you were working on is gone when you come back to the computer.
- Buttons or icons move around by themselves on your desktop.
- You can’t print anything properly and everything is in a jumble at the end of the printing process, or you get a message saying the printer is out of ink when it isn’t.
- You can’t open some files; they don’t have the right extension.
- New programs appear on your computer that you didn’t put there yourself (including any new desktop shortcuts). An example might be an icon that looks like a safe that pops up on your desktop and says something like: “Your computer has just become encrypted. Contact this phone number for more information.”
- You’re sent to a website automatically whenever you click on a link, or the wrong website opens when you type in a web address.
- The files on your computer have been moved or renamed without your permission. Or, you notice a lot of empty files with strange names in the recycle bin.
How Do Computers Get Viruses?
There are several ways a computer can be infected by a virus, and the most common of them is to download contaminated items either intentionally or inadvertently. Pirated music, movies, photographs, free games, and toolbar add-ons are all popular offenders. Viruses may also be obtained by going to harmful websites or clicking links or ads to an unknown.
Now that you know how to check for viruses, it’s important to take some preventative steps as well. Make sure you have up-to-date antivirus software installed on your computer and be careful about the websites you visit and the files you download. Also, never open emails from unknown senders, or click on links or attachments they contain. By following these simple tips, you can help keep your computer safe from those pesky viruses!