But... What's a virus?

You’ve heard the term, you know its bad, but beyond that, you aren’t quite sure exactly what a virus on your computer is and how {badly} it affects your computer. Or? Your life.


As defined by Wikipedia, a computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user's screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes.


Sounds pretty rough huh? Well, it is. Just like a virus that attacks your body, they come out of nowhere, strike at the worst times (like Christmas?) and are constantly mutating so that you never quite get an actual “preventative”. By the time you start to notice that your computer has been infected, is about the time you should start shopping for a new computer. Or, you could save yourself the hassle, the stress, and the unnecessary spending, by having IT guru’s in your back pocket. We happen to know a few IT guru’s coincidentally….


Whether it’s a proactive approach, or a reactive approach, the team at Olive Branch IT can work with you (and your budget) to customize a plan that fits your needs specifically. We can help establish a working system that ensures your data and information has been properly backed up, we can set up Network Security, enable our Disaster Recovery plan in the instance the virus has already begun it’s nasty little attack on your system, and…. we have telephone system support. Like a doctor on call, for your computer.


“But wait”…. You say… “I can purchase antivirus software at Walmart that protects me”… You say… Well, we LOVE your ambition, and it shows us that you do understand the importance of protecting yourself, and you understand the depth of potential disaster a virus can ensue… But, it’s not an evolving, interactive, constantly staying up-to-date person, like those guru’s we mentioned above. There is something to be said about getting on the phone and speaking to someone who knows exactly what you are describing, even if it’s a brand new mega virus spreading like wild fire.


Melissa, ILOVEYOU, The Klez, Code Red & Code Red II, Nimbda, Slammer, MyDoom, Sasser & Netsky, Leap-A/Oompa A, and Storm Worm. Those aren’t catchy video games or Instand Messenger names… Those are some of the worst virus’s that have ever hit, costing BILLIONS of dollars. BILLIONs. So, if you don’t have an extra billion dollars lying around, and are ready to take the next step in talking to our team of professionals about what we can do for you, give us a call today!

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