Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to Fix a Computer Infected With Viruses & Spyware

By Darcy Aniegbuna


Unlike the mainframe era, today’s computers are designed to be small, reliable, extremely useful, and above all, very fast. But as the computer is being used to accomplish daily routines, especially if the computer is connected to the Internet (“The Super Highway” as it’s sometimes referred to), overtime it begins to run sluggishly and often displaying those annoying error messages and pop-ups.

Knowing when your computer is infected with viruses and spyware is extremely important because it enables you to choose the best course of action at the most appropriate time, whether you choose to fix it yourself as most advanced computer users do or you go the other route, by seeking computer help from qualified online technical support companies.

A virus, at the most basic level, is a small piece of software that causes unexpected activities or actions on computer/network systems. Spyware on the other hand, is computer software that installs itself secretly and obtains pertinent user’s information as the user browses the Internet.

Again we see here that the popularity of the Internet and the steady adoption of “Always-On” broadband technologies have allowed dangerous (malicious) threats to spread quickly.

Listed below are some general symptoms of virus and spyware-infected computer:
Computer is slow
Computer shows error messages
Pop up ads display
Internet connection is lost every now and then
Internet browser is hijacked and redirected to unknown websites
Windows updates & security patches become unavailable
Internet connection becomes unavailable eventually, etc.

Until now, it’s extremely critical to effectively and efficiently protect every computer in your home and/or office against viruses, spyware, malware, worms, Trojans, and other Internet threats. How? You asked!

Well, here are some techniques on fixing and securing your computer against viruses & spyware infection:

Run a complete system assessment
Detect, isolate, and remove viruses
Detect, isolate, and remove spyware
Perform Deep registry cleaning
Clean-up Hard Drive regularly
Delete temporary files
Apply Windows Updates
Apply Security Patches
Run anti-virus definition updates
Run anti-spyware definition Updates
Optimize your computer
Run System Defrag
Depending on your computer usage, run routine PC Management at least on a monthly basis.

In conclusion, Internet security suites, coupled with proactive and integrated PC tools from a reliable IT solutions provider offer important tools to keep your computers free of security threats.

Author’s Bio
Mr. Darcy Aniegbuna is a Technical Account Manager at Adachi Computech Solutions, Llc and he provides in-depth technical information on Computer Tech Support, Online Computer Repair, Onsite Computer Support, Nationwide Computer Support, Online Virus & Spyware Removal, and more.