While checking the Avast! website, I found a summary report done by them to their customers. It’s a report of a survey that they done after a customer got infected by a virus.
According to the virus summary report, 42.98% of the customers said the virus that infected their computer came from the internet and 41.59% of them, don’t know from where they got the virus. While the remaining customers said they got it from a program from a friend or from infected backup.
What can we know from this report?
First of all, we know that 41.59% of the customers don’t have any knowledge about PC security or less knowledge about it because they don’t even know how they got infected.
Secondly, most of the viruses came from the Internet. As you can see, Internet contains lots of information but at the same time it is dangerous for those who don’t have sufficient knowledge on how to protect themselves and their PC from online threats.
The remaining percents said they got it from a program from a friend or infected backup and these show that they didn’t scan the program before copying it to their PC and they seldom update their anti-virus virus definition.
It’s very important for us to update our anti-virus virus definition in order for the anti-virus to detect newer threats.
From the same report, 47.13% didn’t succeed in removing the virus and 38.52% used a virus remover. Why they didn’t succeed in removing it? In my opinion, there are several reasons.
1. You don’t know how to you get infected.
2. You didn’t do any research on the Internet on how to remove it.
3. You assume that the anti-virus or the virus remover can remove every viruses that exist in the whole world
4. You think that spyware,adware and rootkit are types of virus and they all are the same.
5. You didn’t update your virus definition.
However,45.33% of the customers update their virus definition every week and 33.78% will update it as soon as a new one is available. This is a great news because it means that we have a good chance of getting rid of these nasty viruses.
There are lots of online resources that offer great information on how to remove virus easily. However, to remove it quickly, you can make use of software.
There are two kinds of viruses and they are:
A. Script virusesb. DLL viruses
For script viruses, you need to find the files that they are loading and delete them. For DLL viruses, you need to find the files that they are loading and delete them. For script viruses, you need to do this in order to close up any ports that the virus is using and to prevent it spreading to other computers. For DLL viruses, you need to do this in order to close up any ports that the virus is using and to prevent it from spreading to other computers.
For virus definitions, you can always search online for them. However, there are so many sites that it hard to find the right one for you. Sometimes, it happens that you have to delete one too quickly because of the hundreds of sites deleting them one after another.
However, if you are lucky you will find a friend of a friend that knows a little about PC security and has knowledge on how to update and run a virus definition.
As for me, I always use Kaspersky Internet Security Suite with Outlook 2003 and it works like a charm. Besides, it comes with a lot of other useful features such as Auto-Run, Smart Security, and others.