computer virusesIn our current world of technology, it seems we are using our computers for more and more information and work every day. Having your computer attacked by a virus can be a huge setback both on a personal level and a work level.

What exactly is a computer virus?

A computer virus is a program usually hidden within another seemingly innocuous program that produces copies of itself and inserts them into other programs and files, and that usually performs a malicious action, such as destroying data.

It’s important to understand that computer viruses are never naturally occurring; they are always man-made. However, once created and released, their spread is not directly under human control.

What does a computer virus actually do?

Through the course of using the Internet and your computer, you may have come in contact with a virus. Even though many viruses are stopped before they can start, there is the possibility your computer will be attacked.  This could corrupt or delete data on your computer, use your email program to spread itself to other computers, or even erase everything on your hard drive!

These viruses are often spread by attachments in email messages or through instant messaging messages. This is why it so important for you to never open email attachments unless you know exactly who it is from or if it is an email that you are expecting!

Remember that viruses can be disguised as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or even audio and video files. And, these viruses can spread through downloads on the Internet as they can be hidden in illicit software or other files or programs you may download.

How can I avoid a computer virus?

The number one defense mechanism against viruses is a firewall for your network.  Think of this example…   If an actual fire was approaching your home, a firewall keeps the fire from reaching you.  While an anti-virus program is also important, it acts more like a fire-proof suit once the fire gets to you.   If you have both in place, you are well protected.

You should also stay informed about recent threats, run your computer as a standard user and not as an administrator, and you should follow a few basic rules when you surf the Internet, download files, and open attachments.

Remember that once a virus is on your computer, its type or the method it used to get to your computer is not as important as getting the virus removed and preventing your computer from further infection.

At, we can help you with making sure your computer has what it needs to keep a potential disastrous virus from attacking your computer.  Our service is similar to a low cost insurance policy.  Much easier to pay now than it is to “pay” later.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!