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I Got A Virus, Now What?

I Got A Virus, Now What?

Getting a virus can be incredibly detrimental to your work life and business, however, not all viruses mean game over for your computer. Here’s what you can do.

Computer viruses are scarily common in today’s world, and while most are just a minor nuisance, some can actually cripple a computer. Regardless of the severity of the virus, when your company computers have a virus, it’s bad for business. Viruses can increase the likelihood of a security breach, slow down operations, or even cause major data loss. So, what happens if you get a virus on your computer? Well, you have several ways of handling it…

  1. Use your antivirus software to neutralize the threat. If you’re smart, you will have installed and regularly updated antivirus software on all of your computers. Just about any halfway decent antivirus software will be able to both detect and quarantine the virus. Once it’s quarantined, it can’t harm your computer.
  2. If you didn’t install antivirus software on your computer, you might still be able to get rid of the virus by installing it and running the software now. This doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.
  3. If the virus wrecked your antivirus software, you can do a clean install on your computer. A clean install will remove the virus, but it will also remove every single bit of data that you have on your computer. Most computer repair experts will do this, simply because it’s easier for them to do.
  4. If the virus wrecked your antivirus software, you can also have an IT professional remove the virus. There are very, very few viruses that can’t be removed manually. Manual removal of a virus will end up taking several hours, but it can be done. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to do, and even IT professionals can struggle with it. It’s best to outsource this if you can.
  5. Of course, if the virus somehow managed to turn your computer into an extremely expensive paperweight, call an IT pro. There are viruses out there that actually make it impossible for a computer to turn on. There are also viruses that cause the computer’s cooling system to stop working, which in turn causes permanent damage to the hardware. If you were unlucky enough to have your computer unable to even turn on, call an IT professional to see if anything can be done.
  6. If the IT professional tells you it’s a lost cause, replace the now-paperweight. Sometimes, there’s nothing that can be done. If the virus actually burned out the motherboard and the CPU, then the most you can do is take out the hard drive, recover what you can, and toss out the rest of the computer. Yikes!

Viruses rarely ever get to the point that they do physical damage to your hard drives, but it does happen on rare occasions. That’s just one of the reasons why you need to do your best to protect your computers from them, and to make sure that you don’t end up being victimized by hackers, virus spreaders, and other individuals who might benefit from wrecking your computer.