Viruses are everywhere in the world of computers. They can make a big mess of things if you’re not careful. Protecting your computer against viruses is extremely important but so is protecting your external hard drive.

External hard drives can get a viruses from your computer if it is plugged into it at the same time your computer has a virus. It can infect your external drives just as easily as it can your internal drives. This can cause a lot of misfortune as many people store valuable files on their external hard drives.

A virus needs an operating system to be running in order to work. If your hard drive is unplugged it will not catch a virus but once it’s plugged in it becomes susceptible. If it already has a virus it won’t be able to spread unless your drive is connected to a computer.

Viruses infect in many different ways. One way they infect things is by deleting files. This would be detrimental to an external hard drive.

Another way they infect is by installing software to view all your files. Depending on the information your store on your external drive, this may give them access to personal information like credit card numbers, passwords, etc. This type of infection can be very dangerous for a person’s identity.

There are things you can to both to prevent viruses from getting onto your hard drives and to exterminate viruses once they’ve already started infecting. To prevent them in the first place you must have strong anti-viral software installed. This can include filters, firewalls, or anything that helps keep viruses out.

To get rid of a virus will be a lot more work. You may need to have your device or computer taken into a computer store to have it assessed and diagnosed. You can also look online for ways to erase viruses.

Once a virus hits, it can automatically leave a lot of damage. You don’t want to have a virus anywhere on your computer and especially on your external hard drive. This can cause heartache and a lot of grief for victims of a viral attack.