Friday, December 17th, 2010 | technology
Does the following sound familiar to you?
You went for your annual anti-virus flu injection; you took your vitamin tablets regularly; and you went out of your way to stay out of the way of people with flu symptoms. In spite of all these precautions, one morning you woke up with a sore throat and a throbbing headache. The flu virus got the better of you! That is when you rushed off to the doctor for advice and a cure.
After taking all necessary precautions to protect your computer against virus attacks, it may still become a victim. Perhaps you were not as vigilant in updating the anti-virus software as you should have been, or it could be that a new virus strikes for which no antidote yet exists. Remember, the programmers who create the viruses want to cause harm, and when the antidote prevents their latest virus to harm you, they simply create another one.
What do you do when your computer becomes a virus casualty? In some cases the anti-virus software may act like an antibiotic and isolate and remove the virus. If this does not happen and it becomes clear that the virus is wreaking havoc, switch off the machine and get expert help.
In many cases a technically competent person will be able to save the situation. But in the worst case scenario your machine can be cleaned, the hard disk reformatted and the programs and data files reloaded. This will give you a clean start.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Virus infections have proved this saying true over and over. If your computer has ever been a victim of a virus attack, you’ll realise the importance of doing everything in your power to prevent the next one.
Don’t let the possibility of a computer virus stand in your way to use technology in your classroom. Protect your computer as well as possible. A virus can not destroy your equipment. The worst that can happen is the destruction of your programs and data. True, this is an annoyance – but it is a situation that can be remedied.
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