I Have a Virus
How does a computer get infected with a virus or spyware?
There are literally dozens of different ways a computer can become infected with spyware, viruses, and other malware. Below is a list of the most common ways a computer can contract these infections listed in the order we believe are most commonly done.
All people who use the computer should be aware of how to properly use the computer and protect it from malicious software.
Accepting without reading
By far one of the most common ways a computer becomes infected is the user accepts what he or she sees on the screen without reading the prompt or understand what it’s asking.
Some common examples:
While browsing the Internet, an Internet advertisement or window appears that says your computer is infected or that a unique plug-
When installing or updating a program, you’re prompted (often checkboxes already checked) if it’s ok to install additional programs that you may not want or are designed to monitor your usage of the program.
Another very common way people become infected with viruses and other spyware is by opening e-
When receiving an e-
Not running the latest updates
Many of the updates, especially those associated with Microsoft Windows and other operating systems and programs, are security updates. Running a program or operating system that is not up-
How to update a Microsoft Windows computer.
In addition to running operating system updates, the plugins associated with your browser can often contain security vulnerabilities. Make sure you have the latest versions of plugins. Click here to view installed plugins and their versions.
Downloading software, music, or movies
If you’re running a computer with Microsoft Windows it’s highly recommended you have some form of anti-
What are the current available antivirus programs?
My web browser has been hijacked.
Downloading infected software
Finally, downloading any other software from the Internet can also contain viruses and other malware. When downloading any software (programs, utilities, games, updates, demos, etc.), make sure you’re downloading the software from a reliable source and while installing it you’re reading all prompts about what the program is putting on your computer.