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What Is Anti Virus Software Protection For Your Computer And How Do They Keep You Safely Online

Updated on May 30, 2011

What Is A Computer Virus?

 A computer virus is a program that can move from one computer to another without permission, just like the flu. These viruses can change the way your computer functions until it is removed. It may even disable your ability to use your computer at all.

Once you know that your computer is responding differently than usual it is probably already too late.It will have to be removed. Be careful because if there are other computers on the network; they are also at risk.

Virus can attach itself to a program or an attachment in an email. It can not spread in a text email. So don't open up attachment unless you know who they are from!

Computer Virus Symptoms

 Some computer virus symptoms show up and may be dismissed for something small as too many opened pages or a small amount of memory.  But not knowing can cause the virus to move deeper into your computer and affecting more programs.

Here are some symptoms to look out for that may prompt you to scan your computer to locate the potential culprit. Some symptoms may also mean that you need a professional to remove them for you with the proper virus removal program.

 Computer Virus Symptoms

  • Deleting/changing files
  • Emailing contacts
  • Infecting contacts
  • Increase risk of hackers
  • unauthorized downloads
  • CD-ROM tray malfunctioning
  • Computer crashes from unauthorized large downloads.
  • Pop up or strange message during computer start up.

How To Protect Your Computer and Files

The best way to protect your computer is by educating yourself. If you are ignorant about how to safely surf online you are bound to get into trouble. Just like driving you should learn the rules for safetly. Surfing online is no different.

  • Install an anti virus software.
  • Do not open attachments when you don't know the sender.
  • Never open programs sent by email.
  • Don't buy from vendor online you do not know or trust.
  • Red toolbars are signs of online danger when shopping online.
  • Always enable Microsoft updates for added protection against criminals that exploits Microsoft programs
  • Always back-up important files on a separate hard drive.

What Is Anti Virus Software Protection

Anti Virus Software is a down loadable program that will prevent and remove unwanted viruses and if the viruses are already running they will be stopped. There are many levels of protections. Some are free anti virus programs and the more thorough anti virus software will have a charge.

When your anti virus is downloaded onto your computer it will in short notify you when ever you have a threat and allow you to quarantine it to keep it from harming your computer. There is a free anti spy-ware anti virus protection program called AVG that will show a green check mark on all safe websites and red on the potentially harmful ones.

Most anti virus software today has a free and paid down loadable program. If you can not decide or do not have the money at least get the free version. I prefer the AVG free software, I have never been disappointed for the most thorough protection get a paid program.

You can look for the free version of these software in your search engine. Be sure to read all information involved with your downloads.

Free Anti Virus Down-loadable Software

  • Norton
  • McAfee
  • AVG
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Trend Micro
  • Kaspersky
  • Symatec
  • Bitdefender

Security vendors have labs that are constantly uncovering new malware and viruses all the time which means updating your anti virus program every so often. Don't worry your chosen anti virus software program will let you know when a new version is available.


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