One day I logged onto my personal computer to view some pictures that I had stored in my “My Documents” folder. When my desktop was loaded, I searched for “My Documents” folder in order to reach “My Picture’s” folder, but “My Documents” short-cut was missing. I went into “My Computer” folder, found folder options, and then set my computer to view hidden files and folders. I went back to my desktop, and there was my “My Documents” folder was showing as a hidden folder. Because I wasn’t running an anti-virus program, my computer was infected with the Purple Heart virus.
I was discussing this problem with an online friend of mine. He advised me to look in my Windows/Systems folder and look for purple hearts. Once I was in the Windows/Systems folder, I looked, and the folder was full of Purple Hearts. My friend advised me that the computer was infected with the Purple Heart virus and needed to back up my information and reformat the pc. So I went forth, backing up my information on cd-rom’s, then searched for and found my recovery disk that was provided with the pc when I bought it. I reformatted the computer from the recovery disks and reinstalled Windows from the recovery disks, then re-upgraded the pc to Windows Xp. After reinstalling Windows, I reinstalled all of my programs and other items that I needed on my pc.
Once I got the pc back up and running properly, I went to the AVG website, downloaded and installed the free version of the anti-virus. Since this happened, I have been extra careful with my computer. I have not been without an anti-virus program since then. This was almost five years ago.
With this experience, I became interested in Information Technology. I have been working on computers every since. I have come a long way from just working with software issues on a computer, to actually building a computer.