With the internet becoming more powerful and faster and having a personal computer can means the whole world is at your fingertips and you can watch anything you want and see any news that you desire. But, staying online and connected to the internet all the time can also create problems for you. Someone can hack your computer and steal your personal files and information or a virus can attack your computer and put everything inside vulnerable to the world of hackers. With these virus programs, you can also lose your valuable data and most of the time, it’s not possible to retrieve it or get it back. Browsing on the internet and staying connected all the time means you also need to stay alert of these viruses and prevent anything bad happen to your personal files and information but understanding the viruses is also very important.
Most Common and Dangerous PC Viruses:
1. I Love You virus:
This is by far the most dangerous and serious virus that hit computers and the internet. It was estimated that this virus caused about $10 billion to the computer owners including personal users and large corporations. The hackers designed it as a file that would say something like “I want to confess my love for you” and as soon the user would open the file in the computer, it would rewrite the programs and start sending emails and putting the user completely out of control.
Melissa is also a very deadly virus that was designed back in 1999 and it would attack the email account of the users. The hacker would send the file to the random users claiming to include passwords of pornographic websites inside the file and as soon the user downloads it and opens it, it would trick the Trojan horse and start sending emails to up random people or sometimes include abusive words and phrases in the emails.
3. Storm Worm:
This vicious virus surfaced back in 2005 and it was designed as the news story of a big incident somewhere around the world. As soon the receiver sees the news story and opens the web link, it would install a virus program in the computer and it would start spreading the virus to multiple computers and it would also corrupt the files in the computer making them unusable for the users.
How to Prevent PC Viruses?
In order to prevent getting any virus into your computer, the most important thing is to install a good quality and effective antivirus program on your computer. These programs are specially designed to prevent any hacking or virus penetration into your personal computer. Not only that these programs will prevent the viruses but they also have the ability to remove such unwanted applications from your computer. Next thing is to make sure to update the antivirus software periodically. The thing about viruses to understand is that there are always new versions that can bypass old antivirus software very easily. Updating the antivirus software will make sure that it’s up-to-date for preventing new and advanced viruses.
If you work more often on the internet, your PC can be more vulnerable to viruses so you need to check and inspect your PC from time to time just to make sure there are no hidden viruses inside. Antivirus software can be programmed to scan the computer hard drive once, twice or even more than that so you don’t need to remember doing it. Keeping your operating system up-to-date is also a very important element to keep your computer secure. Operating systems have some kind of protection i.e. firewall built inside to prevent common viruses so by updating your operating system, you can make sure it’s equipped with the latest programs to fight the viruses.
When you are surfing the internet in your home or office, it’s a lot safer and secure than browsing your private information on an open or public network. Hacking and virus attack usually happens when you connect your computer or laptop with a public network and anyone can access it without security. Although it’s common sense and pretty much understood that if you see anything suspicious on the internet, don’t browse it. Viruses mostly attack from online shopping websites, pornographic material websites and online gaming websites so before you click any link or open something in your mail box, make sure it’s secure.