Preventing Viruses and Malware

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Computers have become a necessity in today’s world for many people as many households own a computer. People use this technology for many activities like searching for information online, shopping, banking services, doing homework, and social networking. When performing these activities your computer may be infected by viruses and having your data corrupted and hard disk rendered inoperable is the worst nightmare for computer users. Because of this, making sure you know the top tools for malware removal can make your life much easier. As the computer can slow down, mislay data, damage the contents of infected files or even defect your computer system normal operation. To avoid this, here are ways on how you can prevent viruses on your computer.

The first important thing to do is to install anti-virus software. Anti-virus software is designed to prevent malicious software program infecting your computer. Having a good anti-virus software is the first line of defense in your computer system. This is because it protects your computer from viruses that can slow down or crash your computer, destroy data or allow hackers to send email through your account. If the software detects a virus, it scans your computer and all incoming emails and deletes them. Because viruses can infect your computer without your knowledge, it is important to have anti-virus installed as it updates automatically in case of a virus.

Also, you need to keep your anti-virus updated so to prevent an attack from viruses from the latest bugs circulating on the internet. Most anti-virus has a feature that you can download updates automatically when you are online. In addition, you need to make sure that the software is running continuously and keep on checking your computer for viruses especially when you download files from the internet or when you are checking your emails. Your anti-virus software should be set in a way that it checks for viruses the first thing when you turn on your computer. Also, give your computer a thorough scan at least twice per month. One good example is SpyHunter 4 – Enigma Software.

Keep your operating system like firewall current. Operating systems in your computer are periodically updated to stay tune with technology or to fix security holes. You need to install these updates to ensure that your computer has the latest protection. For example, every month, Microsoft releases a patch that fixes security holes in its Window operating system. If you don’t update your operating system and install the fixes, you can fall victim of an attack from viruses or malware. These patches usually help to keep your computer operating system secure. Similarly to keeping your anti-virus software up to date, viruses are also created all the time.

You need to download files only from trusted sites. When downloading a program of a file from the internet or other shared networks, there is a possibility that viruses may be transferred to your computer. Sometimes the free software programs on the internet have viruses and especially if you are downloading from sources like Torrent.

Finally, secure your wireless network. Many computers connect to our internet, files and printers via Wi-Fi connection and can transfer viruses from their computers. To avoid this you need to make sure the connection requires a password and a strong one for that matter. Never broadcast an open Wi-Fi connection, you need to use WAP2 encryption.

Getting burned is not fun

Sometimes it takes learning a lesson to understand why you were put in the situation in the first place. With the way technology is setup and used so frequently now, it’s not surprising that many lessons are learned by using technology.

The lesson I was fortunate (actually, unfortunate) enough to learn, is what to do to your computer when it seemingly bursts to flames – maybe from being too close to the sun?!

While it’s unfortunate to have to go through the situation to remember how to fix it in the future, it would have been much sweeter to avoid it in the first place. Oh well, such is life!

When writing poetry, I like to print it out and read a physical copy. I feel it’s easier for me to see typos or other errors that way. When I was doing that, I kept getting an error on my computer saying my printer wasn’t working. It was something about the spoolsv.exe file. The errors I was getting were saying the printing cache or buffer is full or not working properly. I did some research on the Microsoft forum to see if anybody else was noticing this too. Good news is – some other people had seen this too.

I kept doing more searches to see if there was any site that could help fix it. Sure enough, I found a site that has tons of articles about various errors and other tips and reviews to help too. I went to errorboss.com and the info there was great. Plus, they had information about the spoolsv process that was pretty helpful too.

I also checked this video to see if it would help, but it didn’t offer a ton of help outside of what I already knew.

So, I kept searching further. Like I said, it’s nice to be able to edit a physical pen and paper copy for me, and I didn’t want to have to worry about this later if I were to print a longer document to edit.

I went back to the other site and searched for the article about how to fix the spoolsv.exe error. Sure enough, it had tons of information about what could cause it, how to fix it, and ways to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. I wasn’t too worried I had a virus, but it also suggested getting my computer scanned. Maybe I should do that too, and make sure I’m good to go to keep printing my paper copies. :-)

As I said before, it’s interesting how sometimes it takes actually going through the lesson to learn why you should do something differently. Either way, I’m glad it’s working now, and super thankful so many people have great information online to help people with somewhat basic problems. I’d much rather spend 5-10 minutes doing some research to fix a basic problem than paying Geek Squad or some other company $100+ to “diagnose” and “fix” my problem. From what I’ve heard, that can be a total pain and be much more costly than it has to be.

Anyways, back to editing, have a great weekend!