PC's Might Not Be as Safe as You Think

by Jessica Cervantez

Your home computers might not be as safe as you think. Lots of people believe their computers are protected from viruses and spyware problems, but be careful if you want to avoid unwanted trouble.

Stephen F. Austin State University Students Melissa Bass and Jennifer Cline know from experience their computers are not always safe from viruses and spyware.

Cline said, "My computer, I can't even turn it on right now, because it's so slow and it's so infected with viruses."

Bass said, "Last week, I had over a thousand viruses on the computer and I took it to the SHACK at SFA and they took them all off and put ant-virus programs on in order to block all the adware and spyware."

The SHACK stands for the Student Help Assisting Computing Knowledge. SFA students can go there for help with their computer problems.

Jon Armstrong, the asst. director of telecommunications and networking at sfa, said, "It's a place for students to either call us or bring their computers in and drop it off and let us clean it up and ready to go on our network."

Bass thought she had protection from viruses. But she found out that wasn't the case.

"I've been getting viruses for months because the anti-virus program I had was not working and I didn't run it properly, I didn't know how to run it," she said.

These students use their computers a lot. So being without one can be a real pain.

Bass said, "I use my computer for school everyday, whether it's doing homework or looking something up on the Internet, like an article for a class, and when you don't have a computer it's very frustrating because you can't just sit in the comfort of your own home and do your homework."

Cline will be borrowing her roommates computer, while hers is out of commission. She now knows how important it is to update her anti-virus software regularly.

Cline said, "When I first got my computer it worked fine for like about a month then I started getting pop-ups all the time, and my computer started going really slow."