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Can viruses delete my entire collection of photos?

Now that the most common and popular form of photography is digital and most of our collections of photos are stored on computers, it is important to ensure that they aren’t lost in a malicious attack on your computer or a system failure.

To lose such memories would be a personal travesty and measures need to be taken to make sure this doesn’t happen. Computer security systems are constantly being updated to stay ahead of cyber-criminals, giving you the protection you need for your files and information.

Can a virus really delete everything?

It is a possibility that a virus will delete entire collections of photos at once and it has happened numerous times in the past. The deletion of files such as photos can be completed by viruses for numerous reasons – such as making space for more malicious programmes or simply to cause disruption.
Viruses can cause a huge amount of disruption when they have infected our PCs and often users find they are unable to access programmes, files and stored documents as they normally would. These files and programmes may have been deleted or corrupted by the virus, meaning you may be unable to access them.

How can I stop viruses deleting my photos?

The first step in the process is to stop downloading any software or files which may be responsible for the virus. You will also need to run a background scan using a reputable antivirus and antispyware software. This software needs to have been updated to the most recent release in order to maximise the chances of it diagnosing and dealing with the intrusion. If you have access to data recovery software you should utilise this as well: it may be that your photos haven’t yet been overwritten or completely deleted.

In terms of how you can prevent this type of attack, there are a number of measures you can take. Firstly, backing up your files to a secure storage area is highly recommended. Cloud computing is a great place to do this and allows you to store and access your documents remotely. This is far better than using external hard-drives or other removable storage devices which can also become the victims of computer viruses.

By storing your photos and files on the cloud, you will have a safe and stable backup source from which you can reintroduce the files to your computer if the primary source of your photos is compromised.

Secondly, make sure that you have regularly updated antivirus and antispyware software installed on your computer. Also consider investing in an Internet security package which offers protection against unauthorised changes. This will help prevent your computer’s applications from becoming corrupted and thus limiting the impact cyber-criminals can have on your PC.

If saving files to the cloud, making sure your Internet security package offers protection here. Trend Micro’s Smart Protection Network proactively addresses online threats in the cloud, addressing them before they have chance to reach you and your computer.

You may also want to consider online storage solutions, such as SafeSync. This is a system which enables users to access, share and synchronise files and folders from multiple devices.

Trend Micro SafeSync can be obtained for both business and personal users as a stand-alone system or as part of a greater security package, such as Maximum Security.

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