How did I get infected with a computer virus?
While computer virus infections are still more prevalent in computers with Windows operating systems, we have seen more Macbooks and iMacs with suspected viruses and malware brought in over the last few years compared to ten years ago. Of course sometimes, it’s easy to tell that you are infected because your legitimate antivirus software tells you are. The harder part is often telling if the message is from your actual antivirus or if it is a malicious software trying to pose as your anti-virus software and trick you into installing something else.
It does seem computer virus infections strike when it’s least convenient. But think about it: is it ever a convenient time to be without your computer? Not really. I will say, it seems many people see early warning signs and ignore them until they are forced to a grinding halt, where they can no longer do tasks on their computer.
Computer infection is a broad term used to describe an installation of an unwanted program or file, or even a malicious modification of an existing program, that is unintended or unknown to the rightful owner of the computer. I say “owner” because there are some circumstances where programs that are considered spyware, or other monitoring software, are installed by employers or parents to monitor the behavior of other users. So assuming you fit that category: you suspect you have unwanted and potentially harmful software on your computer.