The Computer Virus

Friday, May 20, 2016
Slay Magazine

So you are working on your computer and all of a sudden it slows down, crashes, or freezes up. As with most people, you turn it off and power it back on hoping that it will begin to function properly. Much to your dismay, it is slower, will not boot to operating system, or worse, you are seeing the infamous "blue screen". Some will just set the computer aside, while others will continue working on it, no matter how slow, and then there are those that will take it to a computer repair shop. Regardless of which scenario you choose, you should take time to educate yourself about what a computer virus is, the types of viruses, learn how to get rid of a computer virus or viruses, and steps you can take to ensure that you are protected from future attacks.

Wikepdia defines a computer virus as "a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be "infected". Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user's screen, spamming their contacts, logging their keystrokes, or even rendering the computer useless. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without user consent".

Most people panic when a virus hits their computer, so they rush to a computer repair shop and are hit with outrageous fees, but if they only knew there were remedies at there disposal online for free or at a minimal cost, it would save them time and money. I learned that with Google and YouTube, anything can be learned and found online. Do research, educate yourself, and save your hard earned money.

By: RamWeb Design


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