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How to Run a Virus Scan

You simply can't put a price on security these days.  Any computer with an online connection must be shielded from the many threats lurking on the internet.  Just imagine a malicious program slithering into your system, executing itself and offsetting a wave of destruction within a matter of minutes.  The impact of an infection may range from subtle to devastating; slowing down the performance of your computer or deleting all of your important files and rendering your applications inoperable.  Without implementing the proper security measures, all of the above could be your reality. 

When malicious items such a virus, worm or Trojan enters your system, it may be days or even weeks before you're aware of the problem.  The best way to learn if your computer has been infected is to run a virus scan on all system files and directories.  A scan is a basic function performed by anti-virus software.  This component thoroughly combs the hard drive of your computer in search of harmful or unwanted items.  If questionable items are detected, the scanner displays a description of the file and the nature of the infection. 

Simple Steps for Long-Term Protection

Running a virus scan is a simple yet essential step towards protecting your computer.  As internet threats continue to evolve into huge problems, technology has enabled security experts to fight back with advanced solutions.  There are now many available options for running a virus scan on your computer.  You may begin by signing online and performing a scan over the internet.  In this case, the scanner typically searches and detects infections but requires you to buy the full version of a particular program to the eradicate the threat.   You also have totally free software such as products by ClamWin and AVG.  These programs run a complete scan of your system, are thorough at detecting threats and removing them as well.  The most reliable protection is much more expensive yet well worth it when considering the level of security implementation.  Programs developed by leading brand name vendors such as McAfee, Symantec and Kaspersky offer all-in-one solutions capable of detecting viruses, spyware and more complex types of malware.  They are often coupled with firewall components to keep intruders out of your system and also receive daily updates to keep you protected against the latest threats roaming the web. 

Start with a Virus Scanner 

By installing a virus scanner, you're essentially activating 24/7 protection for your computer.  The scan engine can be easily configured to run on a predetermined schedule or right at your command.  It may also function continuously in the background as you knockout important everyday tasks, an automated process that keeps you productive and safe at the same time.     

With a virus scanner on deck, the chances of contracting a nasty infection are drastically reduced.  This allows you to surf the web in confidence, tend to all of your emails and download important files without being concerned with malicious threats.  More importantly, it brings a piece of mind by knowing your computer will perform like a champ over a significant period of time.   

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