Privacy, Security & Virus Information
When your Computer Starts to Run Slow, it is Sending you a Message
There can be a number of reasons why a computer will start to run slow, and none of them are good. People who spend a lot of time online can be compared to those who like to walk out in the winter rain or snow. Eventually they have to catch a cold. Computers are unlike humans in many ways. They are not particularly susceptible to viruses and something has to happen to cause them. We often allow ourselves to forget that a computer has no feelings, feels no pain and doesn't get emotional. All and all a computer is an inanimate object that can be operated or disabled at the flick of a switch.
However when our computer begins to give us problems, most owners and operators immediately enter into a form of cold panic and craving for the return of the power or the escapism that our computer provides us.
In recent years, the world of computer has come on in leaps and bounds, and hundreds of millions of computers around the World are connected to the internet, with a large percentage of them connected to each other, in one way or the other. This ability to interact has created many positive factors and a small number of negative one. The principal negative factor in the computer age is the growth of the hacker. The hacking industry has made it their business to attack computers either to extract information that can be used to steal, or to willfully and maliciously do damage to innocent people's computers just for the fun of it.
Most of these viruses cannot be traced until the damage is done, but one sure way that you can discover if your computer's security has been compromised is if it starts to run slowly. There may be a number of reasons why this happens, but in every case, it shouldn't be ignored, It may be a technical problem of some sort, and a computer technician should be called in immediately to detect and analyse the problem. If it is a mere technical hitch then it should be repaired to get the computer up and running. If the problem is diagnosed as a virus, then again it should be "exorcised" using whatever means your computer technician deems necessary.
Installing a powerful anti-virus software on a computer is more or less guaranteed to prevent the incursion of viruses. Unfortunately too many computer owners install the software after a virus attack and not before. The damage they casue themselves by being unaware or "blinkered" to the catastrophic effects of being a victim of a virus attack will often have covered the cost of the software maybe a hundred times over.