g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Virus and Spam Site

BellaOnline's Virus and Spam Editor


Virus Signs and Signals From Your Computer

Guest Author - Rayna H. Battle

This has a rough month for my little household. For the past few weeks, each of us has been battling sinus infections, colds, and other aggravating viruses. Most recently, I've been down and out with a sinus infection so severe I wondered if I could just have my sinuses surgically removed!

This time of the year, illness is prevalent all over the country I live in. From coast to coast, Americans spend much of their winter fighting colds, flu, and other bugs. We fill hospital emergency rooms and doctorís offices only to hear the same refrain: prevention is key. Although many of us know this, we habitually ignore our bodyís warnings, even when we know the potential outcome could be severe. I ignored my bodyís repeated attempts at telling me sickness was right around the corner if I didnít slow down. With my PC, however, I always react immediately when it sends signals that disaster is looming.

Much like my doctor, I believe that prevention really is key Ė for your computerís sake. Do you know when your computer isnít behaving normally? Would you recognize symptoms of an impending technical catastrophe? I canít stress it enough, and Iíll repeat it again and again: get to know your computer! You donít have believe in psychic phenomena to know when your computer is in trouble.

Tell-tale Signs That A Computer Disaster Is In Your Near Future
  • Your computer takes a really long time to boot up. A really, really long time.If you can turn on your computer, grab a cup of coffee, check the weather, make a phone call and come back to see that your computer is still booting, thatís not good. As a general rule, a boot up of longer than 3-4 minutes may indicate a problem. Donít panic though. A long boot up time doesnít necessarily indicate that your system is infected with a virus. It may just indicate that you have a large number of programs, a small amount of available memory, or a few unnecessary programs booting when you start your PC. You should worry if your PC boots a lot more slowly than it typically does very suddenly.
  • Inconsistency is never good. From the awesome boyfriend who suddenly stops calling to the weaving driver in the lane next to you, erratic behavior is a sure indicator that thereís a problem. If your computer sometimes runs great and other times is barely functional, pay attention. Slowing down during different applications, frequent error messages, long wait periods for programs that should start up without a hitch Ė these are all good signs that thereís an issue somewhere. Donít be satisfied with constantly rebooting to get things working well. You shouldnít have to do that at all.
  • Crashing! If your computer freezes while youíre using it and can only be used again after rebooting it, thatís a crash. If your computer interrupts you and reboots itself without prompting Ė thatís a crash too. If your computer often crashes, itís a good indicator that there may be a virus lurking somewhere.

A few other indicators include: mysterious pop ups, distorted graphics, unusual dialog boxes, or disconnection from hardware.

Remember, when your computer exhibits these symptoms, it may already be too late! So act immediately to save your data. Treat your technical system like you would treat your body Ė donít ignore the warning signs. Prevention can keep you and your computer from ailing.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Twitter Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Facebook Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to MySpace Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Del.icio.us Digg Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Yahoo My Web Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Google Bookmarks Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Stumbleupon Add Virus+Signs+and+Signals+From+Your+Computer to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Virus and Spam Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Rayna H. Battle. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Rayna H. Battle. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Craiglist Rentals and Spam

Review Your Transaction for Hacking Prevention

Private Message From Amber Sebastian Is Spam!

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor