When the trusty computer starts slowing down, there could be a number of reasons why. You may need to defragment the hard drive, or have too many programs or apps, but not enough memory. However, it could also be a virus or spyware wreaking havoc on the system. If it is the latter, there are virus removal methods to consider before the damage becomes irreversible What is a Virus?

A virus is a software program that reproduces and causes tremendous harm to a computer's files or programs. The harm could result in extensive damage to the hard drive, which could cost hundreds to replace. Therefore, taking proper virus removal steps is something computer owner should consider.

The computer runs much slower than usual.

 You get a barrage of pop-up ads, or programs constant restart randomly.

 The computer crashes or freezes for no apparent reason.

 You type in one website URL, but are constantly redirected to another.

Sometimes, the damage is minimal, to where it just alters the desktop picture. In other cases, you may get numerous pop-up ads. However, some viruses can erase information or even shut down the computer, while severe ones may also create a security loophole, resulting in identity theft anytime you shop online. Fortunately, there are steps that can stop any of these things from happening Get an Antivirus Program The first step in defending your computer is downloading

a good antivirus program. This acts as a safeguard against any malicious software or websites that could cripple the computer. Some programs offer a free trial, then a paid subscription when the trial expires.

However, if you just need basic protection, free software exists, and monitors for potential threats.

Make sure the program also protects against spyware, which can cause just as much trouble. If it does not, you may need to download an antispyware program as well Run a Security Scan Periodically While antivirus software checks for possible threats, scan the hard drive on a regular basis, usually about once a week. The scan will likely take about half an hour minimum, but will still allow you to perform other computer tasks like surfing the internet or playing a game.

Do Not Open Unfamiliar Emails

Many harmful viruses come attached to emails. As soon as you open the attachment or click the website link, it begins working on your system. If you do not recognize the sender's name, proceed with caution. Email clients should include a Junk; folder that filters out any suspicious emails that come to the inbox


By: Jeremy P

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