Since we started using computers decades ago, malware and viruses have been a big problem. Luckily there are various programs and tools available to protect devices from these threats and even tools to remove them once infected. Today, Chipheads Computer Repair in Richfield, Minnesota is discussing all you need to know about computer viruses. If you have additional questions or think your device may be infected, feel free to give us a call, we would be more than happy to help with any of your virus needs.

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About Computer Viruses

Computer viruses are a type of malicious code that was written to alter the way a computer operates. Computer viruses are designed and written to spread from one computer to another. Computer viruses operate by inserting or attaching themselves to a legitimate program or file that is capable of executing its code. Once executed, computer viruses have the potential to cause unexpected or damaging effects on the computer.

How Do Computer Viruses Work?

Computer viruses attached to a program, file, or document and lie dormant until circumstances cause the computer to execute its code. In order for computer viruses to infect a device, the infected program must be run, which will cause the virus to be executed as well.

This means that a computer virus can remain dormant on a device without showing any signs or symptoms for quite some time. Once the virus has been executed and infects your computer, the virus can infect other computers on the same network. Viruses are capable of stealing passwords, logging keystrokes, corrupting files and much more. 

This can be extremely detrimental to both personal and business devices.

Schedule Richfield Virus Removal/Repair Today

Think that your laptop or desktop device has been infected with viruses? Think it may be time to schedule virus removal/repair in Richfield? Contact Chipheads Computer Repair today, we would be more than happy to help.