A computer virus is a small software program that is created to spread from 1 computer to another and interfere with computer operation. It can also contribute to identity theft. Many computer viruses are stopped before they can start, but others can corrupt or delete data, use your email to spread to other computers or erase everything on your hard disk.
Virus-makers and spammers frequently cooperate in crooked schemes to send as much spam as possible. They infect vulnerable computers around the world and then the infected computers in turn send out a massive amount of spam. Attachments in emails and instant messaging messages from people you do not know can spread a virus. Another way it can spread is through Internet downloads. The virus remains hidden in illicit software or other programs and files.
Some things you should not do are:
- Do not open email attachments from strangers
- Do not open any unsolicited executable files
- Do not open files with a double file extension
- Do not send or forward any files that you have not virus-checked
Technicians at PC Geeks can evaluate your computer to determine whether the virus can be removed or a new operating system is needed.