Windows® 7 Virus Software
Although Windows 7 has a very good virus protection mechanism, empowered by effective Windows firewall and Windows Defender, but you must be aware that developers of computer virus are always potent to develop software, which could take advantage of loop holes of MS’s Windows 7 operating system.
Computer viruses these days are reaaly strong and can overwrite your Boot Manager and you may get error such as "BOOTMGR is missing", your antivirus software can be disabled. These computer viruses make essential changes in the Windows registry of Windows 7 computer, so that these can replicate and spread throughout the memory system.
As soon as you come to know about any virus symptoms on your computer, take immediate actions. You can scan your computer with an online virus scanner or the antivirus program available on your computer.
Some of the latest computer viruses are based on the most sophisticated technologies, which can easily deceive your Windows 7 Firewall and Windows Defender. Windows Firewall can create obstruction while doing some download or installation on your computer.
Nowadays, computer viruses are the most probable reason behind the frequent issues on your computer, apart like slow performance, slow startup, boot crashing of computer’s memory (hard disk), where you can lose your valuable data and corruption of Windows registry, which could raise several operating system related problems.
Undoubtedly, Microsoft has introduced some effective utilities, such as robust Firewall and Windows Defender to counteract them, but it has been observed some sophisticated computer viruses can change the registry settings to make an entry into your computer. Some of the common viruses affecting Windows 7 are BIOS virus, Melissa Virus, CIH a.k.a. Chernobyl Virus and Bagle.
On account of BIOS virus, which is mainly a boot sector virus you can suffer from slow booting, startup problem, problems with retrieving data, computer performance instability of your Windows 7 computer. Presence of Melissa virus can corrupt the Word documents and is very much contagious, which spreads soon through the address book of your Outlook. Once your computer is affected with a virus infection, it becomes vulnerable towards other attack from spyware, malware and adware, where your personal identification and other stored data comes under the prying eyes of hackers.
If you get any symptoms like slow performance, slow startup and blue-screen error or some other boot issues, then you can perform virus scan on your computer, with some online scanner or antivirus software. In your Outlook, don’t open any Word document, if it comes from an unknown source as it could be a virus. Hence, with a keen observance on your Windows 7 computer’s overall performance, you can avoid any frequent or major problems.
Sometimes, you may get error with your Windows Firewall and it may oppose activity of Windows Installer and may not permit program to be installed, though it is on temporary basis and can be sorted out by doing some change under “Exceptions “tab of Firewall. Windows Defender needs to be configured again and again after each new installation, which is also quite cumbersome job. User Account Control, which is meant for the security purpose also causes annoyance over your task again and again as it pop-ups regularly, when you make any installation/un-installation of software or hardware.
Microsoft has introduced good number of features to give protection to Windows 7 equipped computer from viruses. You should ensure their status on regular basis as follows:
- Windows Firewall is turned on
- Windows Defender protects your computer against spyware in real time and by scanning your PC on a schedule, it must be enabled.
- User Account Control is turned on.
- The Administrator account is disabled.
Also, keep your Windows update enabled, so that your operating system and MS Office products are always updated against latest patches. In addition avoid swapping of data with removable storage devices, such as floppy disks, USB flash drive and pen drive and equip your computer with an antivirus software, which has good compatibility with your Windows 7 computer.