Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by ElvisIsBack, Jul 6, 2005.
Buying a new computer or trying to get rid of a virus?
What type of virus?
If you have time on your hands then attempting removal through various methods and with assistance from others, as well that you have the ability to back up your data, format, reload Windows and any other programs, then the answer is always removing the virus will cost less.
If on the other hand you don't have the ability to do the above or don't have the time, then taking it into a computer shop and having them complete the above can sometimes outweigh the value of a very old machine...
I don't believe the current value of the machine in question, nor the cost of removing the virus are key here.
How the virus was contracted in the first place, what the machine's users' internet usage habits are, what security software and hardware is in place, how the machine is configured from a security point of view , and how diligently the security software is kept up to date are all crucial factors.
If the virus was contracted through deficiencies in any of these, then it is just as likely that any new machine similarly configured and used will suffer a similar fate, so completing the vicious circle.
Then, buying a new machine will obviously be more expensive (by the cost of the new machine) than cleaning and addressing the security issues.
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