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Anti-Virus Software and Virus removal information
Viruses come in many forms and with many different problems attached to each kind. Some viruses are designed to mess up your entire computer and destroy all data; others are made just to show you unwanted advertisements every once in awhile. Either way, they shouldn't be on your computer and can be removed by you manually or by virus removal software. First though, let's discuss the most common types of computer viruses and what they can do to you or your computer.
The most damaging virus is the worm virus. This type of virus can duplicate itself and use email to send itself to your stored email address. This means your family and friends computers could even become infected with this virus.
The Trojan virus is the next most dangerous type of virus, which is a sneaky one, hence the name. Trojan viruses sneak in by disguising itself as a legitimate program. Really it is a virus that will damage your computer and steal personal information like your passwords. There is a backdoor Trojan virus, which lets someone take control of your computer through your network or the internet.
File viruses can attach to other software, so that whenever you use the software, it will load the virus into memory and infect other files that are associated with that program. That means that the most important documents and data could be destroyed with one click.
Adware and Spyware
is basically just advertisements that are saved on your computer and show themselves in a random pop-up or when you type in a web address that is incorrect.
is actually the worst of the two because spyware can log your every keystroke, record every website you go to, and report your statistics back to an individual or company.
To protect yourself against viruses, you need virus protection software.
Clean, Quarantine, or Delete?
If your antivirus encounters an infected file, there are generally three options available: clean
, or delete
. If the wrong option is selected, the results can be catastrophic. And if it's a false positive, such a mishap can be even more frustrating and damaging.
As an example, if you instruct your antivirus software to delete all infected files, those that were infected by a true file infecting virus could also be deleted. This could impact the normal features and functionality of your operating system or programs you use. On the other hand, antivirus software can't 'clean' a worm or a trojan, because there is nothing to clean - the entire file IS the worm or trojan. Quarantine plays a nice middle ground, because it moves the file to safe storage under control of the antivirus program - so it can't harm your system - but it's there in case a mistake was made and you need to restore that file.
Clean: attempts to remove the infection from the file. This is only pertinent to virus behavior, wherein a legitimate file has been 'infected' with non-legitimate (usually viral) code.
Quarantine: attempts to move the file to a safe location that is managed by the antivirus software.
Delete: Removes the file completely from the system.
Generally speaking, if it's a worm or trojan then the best option is to quarantine or delete. If it's a true virus, the best option is to clean. However, this assumes you are actually able to distinguish exactly what type it is - which may not always be the case. The best rule of thumb is to proceed from safest (from a recovery standpoint) to least safest (files are gone forever).
Start with the 'clean' option. If the antivirus scanner reports that it cannot clean the file, then choose 'quarantine'. Only choose 'delete' if (a) the antivirus scanner specifically recommends it*, or (b) you're absolute certain that it's not a legitimate file, or (c) there's just no other option.
*It's worthwhile to check the settings in your antivirus software to see what options have been preconfigured and adjust accordingly.
Viruses today are more sophisticated and aggressive than ever. Thankfully, with Virus Scan anti-virus software, you are totally protected.
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