If you have worked with computers or had a computer at home at some point you would have come across something called a virus and if you decided to do some research on viruses you would have found out that like any other virus, it is bad for the health of your computer. I hope that by the end of this blog post, I will be able to shed some light on what a virus is and how we at Yorkshire’s computer systems can help with preventing and removing viruses.
To go into a little more detail about a computer virus you could describe it as a malicious piece of software that infects your PC. There are multiple different kinds of viruses that all do different things however they are all working towards the same goal of damaging your PC or trying to gain something useful in hopes of giving it back to the person that infected your computer with the virus.
Your computer can be infected with a virus in multiple different ways with varying levels of success as long as you know what to look out for. Some of the most common ways you can get a virus on your computer is through emails. By sending someone a file through emails disguised as something important you can easily get people to download the file and run it causing the virus to be downloaded onto your computer. Another way people can get to you through emails is by sending a phishing email which usually comes in the form of asking for important information such as usernames and passwords while pretending to be a co-worker or boss. This is why it’s very important to be positive that the person you’re sending this information to is the person they say they are. Also, you need to think how likely it is that this person would want me to send that information because a lot of the time a co-worker or boss would be interested in your username and email unless you previously brought it up to them.
Another common way you can get a virus on your computer is by downloading files from the internet which is a virus in disguise. Some people go to get lengths to make a website that looks very similar to the one you were looking for causing you to think you’re on a safe website when in actuality you are on a fake website which causes you to download these viruses accidentally. Yet again the best cause of action is to double-check if you are on the correct website by scanning the URL of the web page for any inconsistencies such as a website called Facebook123.com rather than Facebook.com.
Viruses can come in many shapes and sizes, and they vary in maliciousness. Some viruses will only infect a small part of your computer or may cause mild annoyance while using the devices such as crashing or blue screening the PC, closing files or deleting them. However, the more dangerous viruses could cause lots of problems including gaining access to important accounts or files that could put you or your workplace at risk of being breached. A modern virus is even capable of emptying your bank account without you even knowing unless you take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Some virus types are:
Resident viruses: These are difficult to detect, and they attach themselves to your files. They mainly go for your RAM which allows them to disrupt you using the device and they may even attack your anti-virus leaving you open to larger threats.
Direct action: This virus is a .exe file which when executed will corrupt and target your most important files destroying the device. Luckily they are easily detected by the anti-viruses.
Browser hijacker: This virus forces you to go to an unsafe website and tries to get you to click on links, download files or give out your account information which can cause you to expose yourself. However, they are quite easily detected.
The best way to protect yourself from Viruses is by having an anti-virus. What an anti-virus does is it protect your computer and your important information from viruses by detecting and deleting them as soon as they enter your PC or by findings and deleting them when they try and attack you after hiding. They are required if you value your information and your expensive devices and are especially important for companies that may have clients or employee information on their systems as a virus could breach the system and gain all of their account and personal information. Anti-viruses are all mostly free with paid upgrades if you value your protection a little bit more however most anti-virus will protect you very efficiently using the free version. Some anti-viruses are bit defender, AVG, McAfee and Norton. Try and find the right one for you and your needs.
Now how can Yorkshire computer systems help you with your virus-related problems? Well, we offer a service which involves removing the virus if you suspect that your computer has one and when we remove it we will provide a full report of the work done, indicate the root of the problem and how you may have contracted the virus as well as setting up and further security measures or offering advice on how to protect your computer in the future. Advice will vary depending on the customer and the virus that was detected and removed from the computer. Advice will range from installing an anti-virus or upgrading the current one, informing the client on what to look out for next time in order to prevent it from happening again and how to better protect accounts and useful information using MFA.
Yorkshire computer systems offer a wide range of services not just computer virus related. We offer Windows re-installations, and replacement SSDs ranging from 240GB to 512GB. We also fix overheating, internet issues and BSOD. If you require help concerning virus removal or any other service we offer don’t be afraid to contact us for an appointment using the email address [email protected] or use the number +441134842012