How To Stop A Pop Up Virus On Your Computer
It was the lovely Ray who handles IT Support Essex who did a fabulous presentation on how to keep your computer safe from virus threats and, amongst a lot of technical information, the main thing that remained in my head was how to stop a pop up virus from taking hold on your computer.
We’ve all had it, the pop up that suddenly appears either telling you there’s a threat on your computer or insisting that you’ve won a prize. Many can look as if they are from Windows themselves and even the most wary can be caught out by them. And there are so many, whether they be trojan horses, full blown viruses or one of the many other different formats.
They always offer you three options – Yes/Accept No/Cancel buttons as part of the pop up and then the usual ‘X’ in the top right hand corner. The problem is that, in most cases, it doesn’t matter which one you do, you could well be allowing something nasty to get onto your computer because, invariably, they are all linked up to the same result.
Ray advised that, in this case, the best thing to do is not to select any of them. What you should do is click ctrl+alt+delete to get your Windows Task Manager onto the screen. From there you can see the different applications which are running and you can ‘End Task’ on the potential problem without having to check one of the options on offer from the interloper.
Simple and effective. It won’t sort out the determined hacker who will probably already be inside your PC just from the mere act of the pop up appearing but it will help with some of the lesser problems that have managed to get through your regular virus protection.
In my attempts to direct traffic to various sites through social media optimisation, I do end up all over the internet trying to leave comments and build backlinks so I have to rely on the quality of my firewall and antivirus protection to look after me.
As ever, I despair ofever understanding the motivation to want to deliberately infect someone else with something nasty but we all need to be vigilant and have simple methods at our disposal to steer clear of as many attempts as we can.
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