The latest virus scanners with multi-layered protection work well, but with the constant development of new viruses and variations of existing ones, complete protection is always under threat. The installation of malware is all too easy, some of which can have serious consequences, both to your own on-line security, but also the integrity of your data.
How Do I Ensure My Security Is Not Compromised?
There is only one guaranteed way of ensuring total security, but cutting your network cable is extreme and impractical in a world which requires full connectivity. There are however some simple steps which should always be adhered to. When you first receive your computer, or install the operating system, one of the first operations should be installing anti-virus security software. We can not advise on which is the best, and opinions will differ depending on who you ask.
The most important aspect of keeping your machine secure, is making sure all software and operating system updates and security fixes are current. Also when installing new software, great care should be taken to read all options in the installer, especially downloads from the internet. Always check the advanced or expert options, as these often hide malware and other malicious software along with browser plugins, toolbars and settings.
My Browser Will Protect Me, Surely
The most popular browsers, all have built-in pop-up blockers and ask permission for installing and running plugins, which is very helpful. However, this is one of the most common methods for installing malware or a virus. It is important to take time to and read all installation and permission messages, as installing or running an infected plugin could cost you lot of time and money or even your valuable data.
What To Do If You Suffer A Virus Infection
Unless you are sure which virus is causing the infection and it is one that can easily be removed, at DiskEng we recommend powering the machine down, and sending the infected hard disk for data recovery. Running an infected operating system with an unknown virus, can have serious consequences, which in the worst cases could not only destroy the data files on the infected computer but even spread it to other machines on the network.
At best a virus is just an inconvenience, but at the other end of the scale, they can do serious harm. Some can delete the partition table, or boot sector, which renders the data volume inaccessible, problem from which data files can usually be recovered by sending the disk for data recovery. The most invasive and pernicious viruses will target individual files, such as documents and images, sometimes remaining undetected until you open a damaged file. Recovery of files in this situation should be undertaken by a professional data recovery service, as soon the problem arises, as this gives the best possible chance of finding the data which exists on the disk.