When your computer is infected with viruses or malware, the last thing you want to have to do is worry about finding a reputable IT company that can help you get rid of it. There are lots of places to get viruses or malware removed from your computer, but often we find that customers don’t necessarily understand what they’re looking for in terms of a professional that can help them get rid of these things. Here is everything you need to know to find the best person to get rid of viruses or malware from your San Diego computer.
A computer virus is a piece of code that’s capable of self-replicating itself, much like a real virus would to jump from one body to another. A computer virus’ sole purpose is to get into the code of different softwares on your computer and mess it up for no other reason than to destroy it. Malware, on the other hand, is just a broad term for any type of malicious software that you might accidentally or unknowingly download onto your computer. While all types of viruses are malware, the term malware can refer to specific code that could also create more harm—especially if it’s designed to do things like mine for personal and financial information in addition to infecting your computer.
Most of the ways that your computer might get infected with a virus is from downloading it directly. In most cases, this might happen when you download a file from the internet and it contains a virus that you’re not aware of. In other cases it could be presenting itself as something else, but really contain a piece of malware. In some cases you could accidentally download a virus or piece of malware by clicking on a link that you’re not aware is actually a virus. The link could have been sent to you in an email or direct message on social media pretending to be from a friend or company, and in reality it’s from a person wanting to get malicious software onto your computer.
You’ll start to see signs that your computer might be infected with malware when it starts acting out of the ordinary. If you notice that your computer is acting slower than usual, or that it just isn’t operating the same way that it used to (files are opening up that you don’t intend to open up, there are files on your computer that you don’t recognize, etc.) then it could be a good sign that your computer is infected. It’s also a good idea to change your social media passwords once you get rid of any viruses or malware that were on your computer, especially if you think you got the virus from a link through social media in the first place.
All computers can get viruses and malware but some are less prone than others. Apple computers and products are less prone to these issues because most malicious code is written for personal computers. That isn’t to say, though, that you’ll never fall victim to a computer virus or malware if you do own a Mac.