From opening an anonymous email to accidentally clicking on a website pop up, many of us have unfortunately had to deal with the nightmare that is a computer virus. While the consequences are varied — anything from shared information to a few hours of slow network traffic to even the infamous blue screen of death — computer viruses are something that many wish to avoid. Computer viruses have been an issue for decades and now contribute to billions of dollars of consumer losses each year. Let’s take a look at some of the most deadly viruses of all time — it may make you feel a bit better about that one time you unknowingly downloaded some virus-laden fake software.
Being a software engineer, I get called quite often by friends or family to help them with a virus problem. In these instances, we can almost always get the virus removed. However, removing a virus can be a real time waster, even for tech experts. One of odd things about this is that I rarely, if ever, have to remove viruses from any of my personal computers. I think that their are some distinct reasons why I am able to avoid getting a computer virus. In this post, I am going to give you some of my personal tips so you never get a virus again.
I get called quite often by a friend or family member to help remove a virus or malware. All viruses are quite annoying and the way to remove a virus isn’t always the same. Over time, I have been able to find a pretty solid step-by-step process for removing a virus. In my process, I perform the easiest most likely to work actions first and move on to the harder steps later. In this post, I want to share my process so that it can hopefully be of some assistance if you ever need to rid your PC of a virus or malware.
If you access the internet, then having a good firewall installed on your computer is a must. The Built-in Firewall protects the computer from abusive threats of local programs, while third-party Firewalls offer two-way protection. They protect your system from malware and allows safe access to websites. However, firewall protection has been built into Windows 8 and thus, paying for a third-party firewall utility may not attract many people. Fortunately, there are a number of free firewalls available on the market that are worth considering.
When it comes to measuring a person’s reputation and fame, their social media popularity might be a good indicator. Usually, the more followers one has on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, the more likable they will probably be. This is not the case however, if one has attained their impressive following through fake friends and phantom accounts. The problem of fake accounts is becoming widespread on both Facebook and Twitter, and while there are various applications that have been specifically developed to deal with this issue, they are hardly sufficient to expose or deal effectively with the ever-rising numbers of false profiles.