It’s no secret that PCs are vulnerable to virus attacks. Nobody wants their computers to be attacked, their data destroyed, or worse, their personal details stolen, which is why it’s so important to protect your PC against unwanted intruders. Here we have a look at some of the commonest kinds of PC viruses, and how you can protect yourself from them:
Sometimes called anti-virus viruses, these bugs work to infiltrate your anti-virus software. They get nothing from this themselves, they are simply helping open the gates to other, different viruses. Think of them as the guy that picks the locks, so that the other guy can get into your house. The only way to protect yourself from these kinds of viruses is by not only having one kind of anti-virus software, many people run anti-malware or anti-spyware software as well as their normal anti-virus programme.
This kind of bug infects your system and then replaces your own files with files of its own, it then convinces your computer that the files are the original ones and haven’t been changed. This form of virus is a particularly common one, but fortunately you can combat them with a good anti-virus programme. Most advanced programmes nowadays will recognise secret viruses, but make sure you have you anti-virus software set up correctly and that you actually use it!
Time Delayed Viruses
You might think that you can protect yourself by simply running your anti-virus software every time you go off line, and you’ll be fine. Time delayed viruses are the reason that this doesn’t work. These viruses infect your computer, but then lie hidden and inactive for days, sometimes months, at a time, before they start doing their work. To protect yourself, make sure you run your anti-virus programme every three or four days, minimum once a week, to catch all those bugs that may have been lurking in your system for a while.