You wouldn’t leave your computer open to the world, right? You put a password on your computer for a reason! If a virus gets installed and allows the hacker to gain control of your computer, then you’re in for a world of hurt. This brings us to the next topic:
The second most common way that viruses are utilized is to control the user’s computer. When I say control, I mean literally control the computer, almost as if they were sitting right in front of it. This means they will be able to see your files, see what websites you’ve visited and retrieve all the passwords you have stored. They can also put other files on your computer as well as programs that you would never know about! They can even remotely activate your webcam and microphone, watching you while you sleep or listening in on your conversations. Your entire private life could be revealed.