Covid-19 might be the first virus that comes to mind just now. However, have you noticed there seem to be more and more attempts to extract money by deception these days? Those seemingly exciting emails are containing code ready to infect your PC.
Keeping IT clean
By cleaning and inspecting your PC for virus, malware or suspicious code, you can wipe it out before it does any damage. A virus checker is built into Windows 10 as we spoke of in this blog. Whilst they can run as scheduled in the background, you can activate them, if you become suspicious that a virus has got in. 5-10 minutes of this can reassure you rather than leaving it until the next scheduled time.
When emails drop into your inbox, it’s natural to click and read it, especially with an enticing subject line. Check the email senders email address, if you do not recognise it, then delete it. Hovering over any link in the body will give you its true destination. Here again, if it is complicated and not recognised, then delete the email. Most security suites for PCs have a mailbox filter and some antispam features, so use them. It is better to delete a real message than infect your PC with a virus.
Build up defences
Keeping your PC updated will go some way to warding off viruses, as developers try to preempt an attack on weaker code in their programs. One of the best ways to install a good firewall to stop external probes. These can be made into your network, from nefarious persons.
If in doubt
If you are not sure whether your PC has been infected, then call the experts in. Even the best virus checkers can miss the odd piece of a viral code. If you have run all the antivirus checks but still suspect there are bugs in your machine, then call us in to have a look. It maybe we do a re-install and so having your precious files stored on SharePoint or OneDrive will mean you do not lose too much work in this procedure.