The other day I told my elderly mother that I needed to perform a Windows XP virus repair on my computer. My mother was clearly confused. “Did you say your computer has a virus?”, she asked, “How does a machine get sick?”
While her words made me chuckle, the truth is that machines (specifically computers) can get sick. If the illness is not taken care of, then it can be deadly.
A computer virus acts very much like a human virus. It has the capability of reproducing itself. It travels through networks and the internet (just as a human virus travels through the air). A virus can also be caught by sharing DVDs and USB flash drives (the computer equivalent of eating off someone else’s plate.) Once inside your computer it goes about attaching itself to files and programs (the human equivalent of a viral infection).
Some viruses aren’t viruses at all. They are adware and spyware. Adware is more of a minor ache; it allows pop ups and unwanted advertisements. Spyware is a cancer, it can go undetected until your life is in ruins. Spyware is the most common means of identity theft.
Then there is your actual virus. Some are like head colds, they make it hard to get started, and then cause you to move slowly. Others are more like the flu, you just can’t function at all.
No matter what type of virus your computer has caught, it needs some medication to get well (Windows XP virus repair). Some tests need to be run in order for your computer to get the proper medications. These tests are called scans.
Scans are like human x-rays. They look around inside your system to see what is going on. Once the problem is found, then the proper medication is administered (a Windows XP virus repair).
I spent a load of money taking my computer to the doctors. These doctor visits were usually time consuming because there are many sick computers (just like humans, if a virus is floating around, it tends to make everyone sick at the same time.). Then I discovered my own private physician to perform Windows XP virus repairs as often as I needed. My private physician is antivirus and repair software. And the best part is, I only had to pay once and I get to call on him as often as necessary.
To sum up, Windows XP viruses are similar to human viruses in how they function. The best way to care for an infected computer is to perform routine Windows XP virus repair operations using antivirus software. Viruses leave behind corrupted files as well. Its not enough to just clean up a virus. It is also necessary to repair the corrupted files. An online Windows XP repair service which fixes corrupted files after virus infection is Reimage. For this online repair service I have written a Reimage Review here.