Did you know that approximately 6,000 new computer viruses are created every month (http://softwarestats.com), and those are just the ones we know about?
There are many reasons why you may be suddenly struck by a computer virus or other computer malware, spyware, or adware. The number one reason that many people find themselves with a computer virus is by accepting prompts (in email or on websites) without fully reading them. The most common culprits of this are internet advertisements, installing or updating of a program from the internet, the download of a suspicious or unrecognized email or email attachment, or the execution of a file without scanning it for viruses first. However, there are many other ways to catch a virus, such as opening (possibly trusted) email attachments, neglecting to run the latest updates of important software, pirating music, movies, and other media, and not installing antivirus spyware scanners. Computer viruses are constantly evolving as the internet does, so it’s important to always stay well informed of best anti-virus practices, and to keep your antivirus definition libraries up to date.
If you notice any symptoms of a potential virus, such as hardware troubles, no response from your computer, unusually low performance, computer crashing, unusual error messages, links appearing on random web content, or white/blue/or black screens, feel free to give My Personal Geek a call. We can help you get your computer working quickly again, and we’ll get that nasty virus off of your machine. In addition to removing any potential virus or threats from your computer, we will also make sure that you’re well equipped and properly protected against future infestations by helping you make an informed decision about what antivirus software to purchase. We’ll work with you and your budget to find the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution.