I feel pretty healthy.  I have for the most part been able to avoid major illnesses ever since I was about 13.  That was my last time having walking Pneumonia which I actually had twice!  Two winters in a row.  But ever since then I have been able to stay pretty healthy for the most part.  A cold once a winter and a yearly check up and I have been able to really avoid the flu bug.  But my computers have not always been so lucky.  As consumers though we treat our computers with a lot less care than we take our health.  Which makes sense, being as though you can replace a computer but you only get one life to live.  YOLO!  (that was corny).  But the reality is that our computer systems can be even more fragile that our immune systems and need special taking care of.

So there are many different ways to define a computer virus but this definition is pretty easy one to understand………..A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”.Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without the user’s consent.  Now we talked a little bit about Phishing before and how it spreads malware but in general Virus writers use social engineering and exploit detailed knowledge of security vulnerabilities to gain access to their hosts’ computing resources. The vast majority of viruses target systems running Microsoft Windows, employing a variety of mechanisms to infect new hosts,and often using complex anti-detection/stealth strategies to evade antivirus software.

Now while you won’t die from a computer virus like you can from the flu, it can certainly put a hefty strain on your finances.   Computer viruses currently cause billions of dollars worth of economic damage each year,due to causing systems failure, wasting computer resources, corrupting data, increasing maintenance costs, etc. In response, free, open-source antivirus tools have been developed, and a multi-billion dollar industry of antivirus software vendors has cropped up, selling virus protection to users of various operating systems of which Android and Windows are among the most victimized.

So let’s take the proper steps to stamp out the costly viruses that plague our idiot boxes.  I mean “Lovely Computers”!

1) Installing and running anti-virus software is the first line of defense to prevent infections and attacks against your computer.

2) All operating systems include a firewall that boosts the effectiveness of your anti-virus software.

3) Adjust your browser’s security settings to maximize its ability to prevent unwelcome intrusions.

Stay Tuned for Pt.2!

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