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Computer Virus Costs

Viruses are a huge problem for anyone who wants to use computers. They can cause havoc with the health of your PC and make it much slower than it should be. Computer viruses have become increasingly common thanks to the internet and are costing businesses and everyday computer users billions of dollars every year.

Common Viruses

When viruses were first founded in the 1970s-80s, they were fairly rare. It wasn't until the late 90's that people needed to start installing anti-virus applications to protect themselves against the virus threat. In the early days viruses were spread using shared floppy disks, making their spread relatively slow. The internet, on the other hand, makes it very easy for viruses to spread very quickly. Viruses can spread around the world in a matter of hours rather than months.

Because computer viruses are more common than they once were it is important to protect yourself fully. Almost every single computer user is aware of viruses and has been affected by them at one time or another.

Costs Of Viruses

Viruses are often said to cause inconvenience to people that are affected. However, what most people don't mention is the true financial cost of these viruses. Viruses cause a lot of harm to computers and this damage needs to be fixed.

Even if you are capable of fixing the computer yourself, it still requires an investment of your time. This will be the real cost of the virus.

Corporate Viruses

Viruses are capable of attacking entire networks of computers. This makes it possible for a complete corporate network to be attacked by a single virus. Corporate viruses are a major problem which costs businesses billions of dollars every year.

Businesses will normally have to call in IT professionals who are very expensive. These people cost you a fortune from problems that you had nothing to do with.

Large businesses may have their own IT departments; however this still has a cost associated with it.

Prevention Is Better Than A Cure

As with everything else in life, it's much better to prevent computer viruses rather than curing them once you are infected. To make this possible you should get yourself a high quality antivirus scanner. These virus scanners will not only help to remove viruses but they will also protect you from danger.

Computer viruses are a costly business and you really must be very careful to ensure you don't get your computer infected.

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