What is a Computer Virus? And Ways to Protect Yourself

It’s amazing how technology can sometimes mimic nature, it’s one of the true catalysts of evolution and learning, and it’s also how computer viruses earn their name.

Put simply, a computer virus is a computer program that can replicate itself. If George Clooney could replicate himself, that would be a good thing. If Rick Moranis could replicate himself, that would be a bad thing. Think of computer viruses as the Rick Moranis’s of the tech field. You want to avoid any place they lurk.
Some viruses do nothing more than reproduce themselves, but others are of a far more malevolent nature and can harm or destroy a computer system’s data and performance. They’re not always easy to spot, though some do call attention to themselves if you know what to look for. The best approach to protecting yourself from computer viruses is to rely on something more dependable than your own two eyes and you may need to employ an expert such as SuperGeek.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of installing anti-virus software on your computer. There are free programs, but for total peace of mind you may want to pay for something like PC Matic. It’s a particularly good idea to do this if you’re an inexperienced user and don’t recognise what an advancing virus looks like.
A great anti-virus program is going to be rendered completely useless, however, if you don’t take the time to regularly update it. Make sure your anti virus software self-updates or you will need to DIY in order to avoid infection.  New viruses spring up with the same regularity as cockroaches in Sydney showers.
These are the basics- the things that you must know to protect yourself. To learn more, contact the experts at www.supergeek.com.au.