Not long after personal computing devices were introduced to the market, people began making viruses for them. A virus has the ability to attack any part of the system and most individuals across the globe are susceptible to these things. A Suffolk County computer repair employee was quoted in the local paper saying that people need to be more careful about the sites they visit while on the internet. A Nassau County computer repair employee also was quoted in the same paper as agreeing with the previous statement, but also added that hackers and other individuals who come up with viruses pray on people who do not know how to look for a virus or those who do not know much about how personal computing devices operate. It is quite imperative for everyone to know the basics involved in preventing a virus attack because when they happen, viruses can be extremely expensive to get rid of, or even worse cause irreparable damage to the device.
One of the easiest ways to avoid a virus is simply by deciding to invest in and keeping up-to-date with any anti-virus software. Now, some of these software packages can seem like a lot of money at once, but it they will save a lot of time and trouble in the future if there is a virus on the device. Most retail stores that sell personal computing devices offer some kind of extra warranty packages, which may include a special warranty from the store if a virus gets into the device. It may be a wise choice to look into these packages, but of course, people need to wary of retail stores that just want scare customers into paying extra fees.
Another less challenging way to avoid a virus is to either choose not to download anything from the internet or if you do want to download items, then know the warning signs of a virus. Downloads are probably the number one way people get viruses. For example, updates for media players may not really be what they are advertised as being. Knowing the average size of an update file for media players is a good way to avoid getting some viruses, because people who make the virus bank on the idea that the average person does not know what the average file size needs to be. If you see an update for a media player file size that is above or below what you are used to seeing, then you know it would probably not be wise to download the file because it may contain a virus.
Finally, people can educate themselves on what are “good” sites and what are the not good sites. This is one of the more difficult things to be aware of because even reputable sites are susceptible viruses. Foreign sites are many times cluttered with viruses, especially the ones that are not well-known or ones that are involved with anything illegal. It is always a good idea to avoid sites that are filled with advertisements or sites that just look like they could potential be infested with viruses.
It is important that all of these solutions to viruses work together in order to keep a personal computing device operating well. People need to be aware of the anti-virus software that companies offer and pick a package that is best for them. Also, if you are on the internet, you need to be knowledgeable about downloads that could be viruses or websites that may cause viruses. Knowing this information could actually save money and stress in the long run because hopefully there will not be any money or time wasted on trying to repair a personal computing device that has come down with a virus.