It’s normal to be scared when your device is virus-infected
If virus-infected, run antivirus and/or consult a professional.
Antivirus software is typically available as a standard component of a smart device’s operating software, periodically checking device memory and files for malware: dangerous, foreign code or files (small bits of software). The software will remove or nullify its ability to affect your personal smart device’s operation.
Antivirus function complements that of firewall filters, if and when malware slips through. It is an available component with most major smart device operating systems and add-on security suites, such as Norton
Here is a summary by smart device operating system:
- Windows PCs come with Defender as its built-in antivirus software.
- Android smartphones come with Google Play Protect for antivirus protection.
- Apple offers built-in antivirus protection, called XProtect, in macOS® on its Macintosh systems, iOS on iPhones and iPadOS on its iPads. Apple advises its hardware users to be very careful when installing new application software.
If you believe you have a virus on your smart device, run a full antivirus scan immediately to remove the malware from your device. For PCs, it may be necessary to completely reset your system to its original condition/settings – if you aren’t comfortable doing that, consult a professional. For smartphones, consider doing a factory reset, if you don’t have antivirus/malware scanning software.
FOR FURTHER READING:
CyberGuardian: a SecureTheVillage Guide for Residents is available on Amazon.
A complete Security Checklist is available: https://www.nerdsiview.com/security-checklist-2/
References for Village Residents are available at: hhttps://securethevillage.org/residents
© Alan Steven Krantz 2021