Viruses and Spyware
If you’re like many Computer users around the world, you have encountered a nasty computer virus at some time. If your unprepared it can seem like a disaster. What can you do to prevent this from happening to you? There are a few simple steps you can take to make your experience easier to deal with.
Some fail to realize that your computer needs periodic maintenance just like your car, your body or your beautiful garden. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I’m sure that the famous kite flyer never envisioned the world we live in today, but his words could never be better used than today.
Take a few minutes of your time and make sure you follow these simple steps. You can protect yourself from a computer virus, malware, or spyware.
Scan your computer with your antivirus program. You do have a antivirus program installed, right? Have you checked to ensure that it is working or updated? According to www.av-test.org, “Every day, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 350,000 new malicious programs (malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA).” Perform a full scan of your device at least once a week or set it up to automatically scan your entire system for you.
Spyware and Malware
“PUPs”, potentially unwanted programs. Many free programs that are available on the internet today are listed as pups. They can make changes to your system that are harmful. The ironic part is, that you gave them permission to make these changes, and you didn’t even know it.
When you install any program, you must agree to certain terms and conditions. “EULA”, the end user license agreement. Somewhere buried in this legal document, that no one reads, is the part about monitoring your activity on the computer, changing your search provider, or the results of your searches.
These types of programs come under the category of spyware or malware. You might notice that your computer seems a little sluggish, or your search results are not what you expected them to be. This is a telltale sign that something has made changes to your system. A trusted and reliable program Malwarebytes can be downloaded and installed for free and does an excellent job at detecting these types of programs.
Backup your data.
Can you afford to lose all your saved music, videos, or precious pictures? The devices we store our valuable information on can fail without any warning. You could lose access to this information if you don’t back up your data.
Do you live in the lightning capital of the world, Florida? A common lightning strike could render your expensive devices useless. Therefore, if you use a surge protector or UPS, you can minimize the damage done to your equipment.
Do I have your attention yet? If you have questions, or just need some information, please call Affordable Computer Repair and Service at (407) 308-5713