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How Can Viruses Affect Your Computer?

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 16, 2017, 10:02 am IST
Updated May 25, 2017, 10:24 am IST
People using their PC, are the ultimate sufferers as they face inconvenience to a huge extent.
Some users are unaware about the virus files that are already hidden in their PC or laptop device and starts showing its impact such loss of files, shrink up memory space, slow operations as well as corrupt OS files that create problems during boot-up of the device.
 Some users are unaware about the virus files that are already hidden in their PC or laptop device and starts showing its impact such loss of files, shrink up memory space, slow operations as well as corrupt OS files that create problems during boot-up of the device.

Computer; being an electronic device, tends to function with a defined set of rules, codes, and language. A specific pattern and schedule are followed in a chronological order to maintain its efficiency for availing streamlined performance. The virus once gets intruded in the desktop or laptop device (irrespective of OS), affects the performance of the device. The screen and display appearance, as well as keyboard operations & drive functionalities, get badly hampered in the first stage of virus impact.

People using their PC, are the ultimate sufferers as they face inconvenience to a huge extent while performing any important tasks such as download and installation of software directly linked with the proper functioning of drivers, which is not possible due to the ill-effects of the virus. Some users are unaware about the virus files that are already hidden in their PC or laptop device and starts showing its impact such loss of files, shrink up memory space, slow operations as well as corrupt OS files that create problems during boot-up of the device.

 

As users generally look for security software that can keep their device secure, they generally opt for free antivirus software and download the same from third-party websites. Experts, always recommend using paid versions of antivirus products with advanced features. Using a generic or crack version of security software cannot be as helpful in flushing out virus files from the PC.  Various major brands such as Symantec, Intel Security Corporation and Kaspersky Labs, never compromise with the quality and devote the resources available for developing an antivirus program that offer security from malware, trojanhorse, adware, ransomware, spyware and root kits to make an entry in the device through access of untrusted website as well as from external hard drive.

 

Browser applications used to access the internet have internal scripts that functions and deliver results to the users, which they expect. These are quite complex and highly prone to virus attack. To protect surfers from navigating to perfidious WebPages, additional features are required to be available for protecting you from unknowingly making a way for virus files to get intruded in the device for making it vulnerable. Millions of suspicious and untrusted websites are developed by cyberpunks with an attempt to affect the PC device through online media such as watching videos, glaring at the images seen on the websites and downloading the same for wallpaper. Internet users must be completely aware to avoid untrusted shopping websites (without https://) that contain malicious scripts that record all the banking detail, eventually making users financially ruin.

 

Email messages are one of the main gateways through which, virus files can enter the PC device easily. People access their webmail account on the frequent basis and are habitual to download files as seen in attachments. As spam messages keep flooding the inbox of internet users on a daily basis; .exe, .js as well as other unknown files show their impact once downloaded on the desktop or laptop device and reduce its performance to a huge extent. As major antivirus sites have script encrypted in the webmail accounts, it scans each and every file before it gets downloaded to the PC and shows alert if any suspicious file is identified.

 

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There are certain other ill-effects of the virus once it makes way in the desktop/laptop device through any medium. Precautionary steps need to be taken at the earliest by users in order to avoid peculiar situations. It’s always advised to get the PC scanned on regular basis, avoid entering your financial details such as debit or credit card details on the insecure website as well as keep yourself away from third party websites providing offers to download premium software for free. In case, you get prey to adverse impacts of the virus, let your PC scrutinized by the certified expert online or by making a visit at the authorized service center setup by a brand. Diagnostic tool will be installed in your desktop or laptop device to trace the virus file and its impact within the hard drive. Once experts go through the auto-generated report, they will take authorization from you to perform certain activities at the earliest to remove malware or trojanhorse files and its adverse impact on the OS files. An antivirus product of a reputed brand is installed by them to remove the traces of virus files and protect the device from future vulnerabilities.

 

A guest post by Suzanne Wilson, a technology subject writer at iGurus. She loves to research and is an avid reader of technology, psychology and fiction. She is also a gadget freak, a traveller, loves chocolates & music and has an immense passion for writing.

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