Did you know that there are over 80,000 computer viruses in existence today?
These “viruses’ are manmade programs and
codes which are created to cause unexpected and usually
negative events within a computer. We can compare a
“computer virus” to a common cold or flu
to a human. As with humans, we do our very best with
preventive measures to ward off germs, bacteria, and
viruses but as with most cases, inevitably a virus will
infect us some time or another. This is no different
in the world of computers where users are now surfing
and sharing daily in a vast information sharing community
called the Internet.
Viruses originate from many common computer/internet
pranksters, computer researchers and malicious 21st
century vandals. What most viruses will do is to waste
disk space and memory on your computer, delay processing
time, and cause annoying system crashes. Some viruses
will actually cause data loss such as slowly overwriting
data within your hard disk or possibly slightly altering
Humans themselves are actually the most integral part
in spreading computer viruses/worms. Carelessness in
the part of humans are the main channel viruses are
transmitted such as through our emails, downloads and
To avoid losing data and for virus recovery, one must
take the necessary precautions. The difficult characteristic
of many viruses today are that they are not easily
detectable. They are programmed in such a way so that
presence is un-noticed but will quietly cause havic
within your computer.
If you have data you just can not afford to lose, remember
to do three important things; backup, backup and then
backup! Many people forget just how much vital data
is stored within their computers such as accounting
records, children photos, family records, and more.
This data can be lost forever due to many causes such
as virus attacks, hard disk failures, power surges or
even trauma. The best protection against these dangers
are to religiously backup your data on a daily basis.
Other precautions include utilizing anti-virus software.
Anti-virus software can easily be installed within any
personal computer. There are a number of companies out
there that offer anti-virus software. Users should also
remember to constantly update their software on a weekly
basis since new viruses are constantly created.