Getting a computer virus 31May Getting a computer virus has happened to many users in some fashion or another. To most, it is simply a mild inconvenience, requiring a cleanup and then installing that antivirus program that you’ve been meaning to install but never got around to. But in other cases, it can be a complete disaster, with your computer turning into a very expensive brick which no amount of antivirus can protect. The first thing you need to do is take a deep breath and try to remember that all (hopefully) is not lost. Next, you need to confirm the fact that you actually do have a virus. If a message appeared on your computer screen saying that a virus was detected, that is actually positive news. That means your antivirus software detected a virus and it has been removed. If you are still uncertain, go into your antivirus program and check its virus detection log to put your mind at ease. But what happens if your antivirus software has expired or you never installed it in the first place? The first thing you should try to do is to install it. If all goes well, the antivirus software you install should be able to detect and remove the virus (if you really do have one). Many people assume that if their computer is running slow, they have a virus. This is not always the case which is why you need to install antivirus software. The best case scenarios are the ones listed above. Unfortunately, some sophisticated viruses and malware infect your computer and download other types of malware. If you have questions or are unsure if you are doing the right thing, it is always good to contact a reputable IT support service for assistance. Bringing in a professional in a case like this can make things go a lot smoother – after all, it is better to be safe than sorry. Finally, even after you are up and running again, it is vital to find out how your computer was infected in the first place. If you don’t, you might find yourself in the very same situation sooner than you think.