Why do people think that a virus is responsible for all computer problems?

About 90% of computer problems posted on Yahoo Answers have at least one answer involving a computer virus as the suggested cause. About 10% involve questions that suggest the problem being correlated to a virus.

What is wrong with these amatuers? I've been in support for six years and have not seen a virus cause a computer not to boot or shutdown or data loss. In this day and age, intruders write code to get personal information i.e. malware (spyware) and adware. Destroying the computer is pointless.

One person posted a question stating they formatted their hard drive and had problems booting. Wouldn't you know it, the first answer was, "it's a virus". If I had dollar for evey computer idiot out there.....

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    ... if u have been in support for 6 years and never seen a virus cause a pc not to boot then ur the amateur ... but i agree the virus answer is overused ... 90% of all pc problems are user error .

  • vasim
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It wasn't unavoidably you that brought about it. some desktops could be contaminated with a scourge, and issues do no longer initiate until days or perhaps weeks later. So don't sense too responsible, it may no longer have been you. the only thank you to repair this is to hold it to a working laptop or computing device shop that does artwork like that, except you have a pal this is conscious how.

  • 1 decade ago

    If your computer is not working properly while you are working on it, it could be a problem with device drivers, hardware or software.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Same reason that every good video game player is called a hacker.

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  • 1 decade ago

    u are write in many aspects,but many problems ARE caused by virus/spyware

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am with you - formatting a drive...erases the data - no wonder it won't boot afterword ... lol - but how are they formatting a drive that is the %systemdrive% ... anyway....

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