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.
To emphasize the nature of malware, you should keep in mind that it stands for ‘malicious’ or ‘malevolent’ software, both words being defined as something that is designed to harm you. These various sets of computer codes were created with the intent to intrude your computer and steal sensitive information from you. Recent findings also reveal that cyber criminals are now able to use them to gain administrative control to your computer, meaning it will only take them a couple of clicks on their mouse to open your web camera or to access you documents.
Just like changing the oil on your car or replacing your furnace filters, your PC needs regular maintenance just like any other machine. In this guide, I will share my personal monthly maintenance schedule. You don’t need to follow it exactly, but it may help give you a good idea of what needs to be done to a computer to keep it in good working order.
Scan for Viruses, Malware, and Spyware
Viruses, Malware, and Spyware can really cause a lot of havoc if left unchecked. I try to run a scan every month at the very least. It may even be best to scan weekly or every other week. I would highly recommend setting up some type of automated schedule within your virus protection software so you don’t forget to do this. I like to schedule this scan for a time that I am away from my computer. For example, lunch on Friday is good for me as I am often away from my PC. This way, I not disrupted by the scan too much.
I often times get asked to troubleshoot all kinds of PC problems. One of the most common problems I run into is a virus or malware problem. Sometimes, the person I am helping isn’t even sure what the problem is and it ends up that a virus is causing the problem. One of the key tools I have found in the fight against malware and virus problems is malwarebytes. There are many anti-virus/anti-malware tools and programs that you can choose from, so you might ask “Why malwarebytes?”. Well, let me tell you.