Virus Prevention

Preventions you can use internet security and anti-virus software to try to prevent viral infections.

Not all software is created equal.  The free solutions that many people use are far from perfect.  Since the companies that give them away also sell “professional” versions, it stands to reason that the free ones are inferior.  My advice is, pay for a good one.  Even among those that cost money, there is a vast difference.  Some may do a good job, but they cause problems on your computer themselves.  Others may not work as well as advertised.  Don’t count on a shop clerk’s advice, either. He is mostly interested in making a sale.  If you bought a new computer there, oftimes it includes at least a trial subscription to something.  The sales clerk will often tell you that software is no good, and sell you something that is no better.  Nothing beats having trustworthy information. Of course, new viruses hit us every day, so keeping your software updated is a must.

Cure If you are infected with something bad, it is not the end of the world.  Most viruses and other malware can be removed, although some are harder than others to take out.  In the worst possible cases, the fastest (and cheapest) way to become clean again is to do a full system restore back to original factory condition, and reinstall your software and data from there.  This is a big job, however, and if you do not have a good backup strategy in place, you may find yourself at risk of data loss.  You may want to have something done to protect your data before you begin any operation to remove a bad infection.  Writers of viruses are not stupid, and often have hidden clever ways to get you reinfected even after a removal operation.  It is good to have knowledgeable people who can help you find the best and most cost effective solution.