Computer Viruses – Where They Come From & How to Protect Your Computer

Back in the 90’s, it was relatively safe to browse the Web with no concern of contracting a computer virus. Malware can interfere with your personal computer productivity, track your Internet activity, steal your logins and passwords, and even destroy your Windows operating system. This can leave you with a computer that’s unusable. These Internet attacks are a kind of online terrorism and unfortunately, all computers are a potential target and have to be protected is utorrent safe.

How do a virus get in my PC? One very common way is through email attachments and email links. These email can be addressed from an unknown sender or someone you know and trust. What’s this, you ask? Even though a friend or family member would not intentionally send you a virus, their infected computer may use their email address list to send infected email. If you are not expecting an attachment, then sometimes it’s wiser not to click it. If there’s an online link in the email, hover the mouse over the link and read the link in the lower left of this email message to see where it is going to take you. When in doubt, do not click on the link, as it might require you to an infected site.

The majority of the viruses and spyware we eliminate, are contracted by downloading free music, videos, software and games, using what’s known as, a P2P or peer reviewed program. There are 20+ free P2P apps that exist, including, Limewire, Ares, uTorrent, BitTorrent, and eMule, to mention just a couple. If you use a P2P to download free”stuff”, then you might be downloading”free” viruses too. Additionally, a P2P program allows others access to a personal computer to upload what you have downloaded. In case you’ve got one of those P2P programs on your personal computer, we recommend putting it while your computer is still healthy. In case your not certain that you have a P2P installed, then give us a call.

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