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C OMPUTER viruses are one of the
most common causes of confusion
among computer users.
The computer virus is a program
that someone somewhere sits down
and writes, just as other programers
write games or programs such as
Word or Photoshop.
This mentally-suspect person
then lets their program loose on
The program will reproduce
itself, and send itself to other
It will also "do something", such
as either destroy data on your hard
drive, or other things.
A recent virus sent to every
person in that computer s address
book photos of Anna Kournikova.
Every computer that is on the
internet, even occasionally, should
have an antivirus program to
protect it from infection.
If you can afford $100 every
year to purchase (and re-purchase)
an antivirus package, then it is
something I would encourage you
If you can t afford $100 per
year, then don t despair; there are
free antivirus programs that are
much better than their price would
suggest. Avast and AVG are two of
Understanding your computer
#1: COMPUTER VIRUSES
By MICHAEL JORDAN*
How do they work?
Think of your computer like a
country, Australia perhaps. If there
is no customs at the airport, then
any criminal or terrorist could walk
in, or out, of the country at will.
The same principle applies to
your computer with viruses.
An antivirus program is like the
customs department at the airport.
Every thing going in or out is
inspected by the antivirus program.
Like customs would have a list
of wanted terrorists, your antivirus
program has a list of viruses to
look out for, and how to dispose of
them should if find one.
Just as customs would stop
someone going onto a plane with
a bomb under their arm, your
antivirus will stomp on any obvious
However, the "list" of viruses is
critical to finding them.
You may have seen a message
down the bottom right of you
machine telling you your antivirus
is out of date.
It is telling you that the "virus
list" is old, and any viruses that are
new will be welcomed in to your
In most cases your antivirus will
look after itself.
You usually get this message
when the computer first starts up,
especially if you haven t switched
your computer on for days, and it is
nothing to worry about.
If you are always getting this
message, even after you have been
on the internet for some time,
then it is a worry and needs to be
In most cases, right clicking
(pressing the right mouse button
once) on the antivirus icon at the
bottom right of the screen will give
you the option to click (pressing the
left mouse button once) update now
or words to that effect.
If you are on the internet and
the update doesn t work, then there
is a problem that needs to be seen
* Michael Jordan is (owner/manager) at
Computers 4 All. You can phone him
on 6652 9672.
MICHAEL JORDAN began using
computers as more than a hobby
17 years ago.
He began working as a software
support person (these days it
would be called IT support), and
designing waterslides, as well as
doing just about everything else on
the computer, including Desktop
Publishing (forms, price lists,
Michael then moved into the
retail sector, managing a software
Looking for a change from
retail, and because he was
constantly being asked to help
people out in their homes, Michael
began Computers 4 All.
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