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What Exactly Is A Computer Virus?

Chances are, if you’ve been using a computer for any length of time, you’ve experienced or at least heard about computer viruses and other malware that can wreak havoc on your system. So, what exactly is a computer virus and how can it impact your device? Today, Chipheads Computer Repair in Richfield, Minnesota is discussing the topic. Have questions? Interested in scheduling virus removal near you? Contact our shop today.

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What Is A Computer Virus?

Much like a virus that can infect humans or other animals, computer viruses are a piece of malicious software that has been created to infect electronic devices such as computers, this often occurs completely without the user’s knowledge.

When Did Computer Viruses Start?

While computer viruses have been a problem since around 1971, it wasn’t actually until 1983 that Fred Cohen coined the term.

How Do Computer Viruses Work?

Computer viruses are not a “natural occurrence” and are man-made by individuals typically interested in causing problems, stealing data, etc. Some viruses however cause no negative problems, this is rare though. Once created, many viruses require no help from humans to spread.

In many cases, viruses attach to certain applications, programs or even files. Once attached, the user initiates the program without knowing.

Can I Prevent Computer Infections?

There are various ways to avoid viruses and other computer infections, using proper software, avoiding shady sites and paying attention to what you download can help.

Schedule Computer Virus Removal Near You Today

Think your computer may already be infected? Schedule our virus removal service nearby today. You can drop your computer off, mail it in, we can come to your location or in some cases work on the issue remotely.


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