Once a virus is detected and removed from your computer, it is not always outdated. Sometimes there is damage already done that needs to be repaired and you need to take the steps to prevent another computer infection. Follow these three steps to recover from your latest computer virus:
Step 1: Take Precautions
Even though the virus has been removed, you don’t always know what damage it has already caused. Just in case your personal information was sent out to a hacker, make sure to change all of your passwords on all accounts you logged into from that computer.
Some security suites have a password manager you can use to keep all of your passwords safe and encrypted.
Step 2: Back Everything Up
The first thing most people do after a virus intruded their computer is back all of their files up, and for a good reason indeed. Some viruses can destroy your files permanently so anything important must be saved on an external hard drive, just to keep safe from another computer infection.
Step 3: Find the Source
Try to find out where the virus came from in the first place to avoid another computer infection. Retrace your steps and see if any of these seem familiar:
- An email you opened that looked strange
- New free software you just downloaded
- A website you visited recently that you’ve never visited before
If you don’t know, then make sure to avoid possible vulnerabilities in the future. Make sure everything is always up to date on your computer and stay away from websites, emails, or programs that are not from a trusted source.
You don’t have to live in fear of the next computer virus infection, but it pays off to be prepared. Follow the above steps to recover from a recent threat and prepare for the next. Always have a strong security suite installed and make sure it runs scans on a regular basis to detect existing threats.