Lessons in Life from Malware

The other day I was downloading a program from the internet onto my computer. For some reason my malware/virus software did not detect anything malicious and my computer became infected. My computer instantly began acting funny: My computer was running slowly, when I went online, different windows would open up, there were pop-up ads everywhere! At first I tried to ignore it and work around it…but that didn’t last very long. How can I work while continually dealing with pop-ups? I tried to uninstall the program that was causing all the trouble, but that was like a Band-Aid, I had to get to the heart of the matter. The root of the problem was buried deep into my hard drive. I eventually had to call my web guy for help.

After my Web guy worked on my computer all day long, he fixed the problem. My computer is now working just as good as new! As I reflected on this whole ordeal, I began to compare it to life.

Here is the analogy; comparing my Malware Lesson to Life Lessons:

Computer = your mind and body

Malware/Virus Software = your instincts

Pop-up ads = signs that something is not right

Uninstall = treating the symptoms

Hard drive = “Roots”: where the real problem is hidden

Web guy = outside/inside help

So, if we apply this same theory to Life, we can look at it this way: If something/someone/yourself tries to attack your mind or body (computer), and you do not listen to your instincts (malware/virus software), then you will begin to receive signs (pop-up ads) that something is not right. You may try to treat the symptoms with medicine, alcohol, or just ignoring them altogether (uninstall), but that only works temporarily, if at all. To get to the root of the problem (hard drive), we must either look inside through reflection and thought or look outside by receiving professional help (web guy).

We have all had Malware and Viruses in our lives. How do you deal with them? Do you listen to your instincts or brush them to the side? Do you try to uninstall them or ignore them? Do you disregard the signs and hope they will just go away? Are you afraid to go within to get to your hard drive? Are you embarrassed to ask for professional help? If we do not get to the root of the problem, it will keep appearing…Sometimes in the same form or sometimes in a unique disguise.

Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s use this computer malware analogy and apply it to our lives. Let’s listen to our instincts and not ignore the pop-ups. Let’s stop treating the symptoms and get to the root of the problem! Let’s seek help when we need it and make our hard drive as good as new!

Because Together is Better,


  1. I love how you turn what could have been a nasty experience into something positive to share with your readers!

  2. Deanna, can you believe it. It sure looks and sounds like I have caught the same virus. It is called ” the rightsurf virus” and is pestering me with pop ups etc.
    I will be taking a very close look at you analogy and connect to my instincts. I believe firmly that our outer world is a mirror to what is happening in our inside world. So I commit to getting to the root of the problem both inside and out.
    Thank you for being a beautiful light in this world 🙂

  3. Deanna, I so love and appreciate how you turn nuggets into gold. You are a true Alchemist at heart. You are a beautiful spirit!

  4. Now that is some genius going on! How did you come up with that one? I love it and I think since so many people in this world see things as black and white, this analogy to technology will really hit home!! Bravo! Bravo!!

  5. It is amazing that you used this analogy, this actually happened to me last week and I did the exact same things that you did. I really tried to ignore it until I couldn’t anymore. Praise God!! What an eye opening thought. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Fabulous analogy! One thing we forget is that connecting with our instincts is actually a skill we can learn by practicing it – like online marketing 🙂

  7. What an awesome analogy! Love it!

  8. Great analogy! So true that we must get to the root of what’s causing the discomfort in our lives.

  9. An interesting perspective… a fun way to see it.

  10. I particularly liked the way you took a frustrating experience and turned it into such a fun post. I’m not sure that asking for help ever gets easy, but maybe next time I need it I’ll remember. Thanks

  11. Great analogy, Deanna. I also use my gut instincts. Hopefully, those who read this post, will follow your lead. Good read! Blessings.

  12. Being a former tech person, I Love this analogy. I am definitely sharing this with my techie friends!

  13. Thank you so much! I love the analogy!

  14. Thank you for your creativity and insight!

  15. Love your choice of analogy to teach us a life lesson!

  16. This is a great way to put things. i never really thought about it in that way.

  17. Woow.. now thats makes sense. I love how you explain about the malware compared to the lessons in life. SHARED!!

  18. Very cute post Deanna:) I love your analogy:) It puts everything into perspective quite nicely! 🙂 I love the visual of the weeds:)

  19. Getting to the root issue is key to success in challenging situations.

  20. Marjory Johnson says:

    Wow! This is an amazing analogy and so true to our life issues.

  21. Stephanie Clopton says:

    You’re an amazing writer. I never know where you’re going to take and always surprised and pleased.

  22. traci Henegar says:

    I love this post and what a great analogy from a computer virus to a life virus!

  23. Jeff Brand says:

    It’s hard for me to ignore the pop-ups, but I will make an effort.

  24. Jim Striegel says:

    What a fantastic analogy! I’m sorry you had to go through this to create this great topic.

  25. Dov Shapira says:

    Sad and funny.
    I had the same problem not too long ago.

    It will be awhile before I will download anything from the Internet !

  26. That’s a very creative and useful analogy! I completely agree. Thank you as always for the inspirational words.

  27. Sweet analogy baby!
    I thought of another one involving STDs and a condom, but yours is probably a lot more helpful! ;~)

  28. Diane Morrison says:

    Nice! Way to acknowledge the issues in your life as platforms to learn something valuable and great!

  29. Nice analogy – we should always try to listen to that “inner voice,” or instinct, and act upon it!

  30. Great analogy! This is a very inspiring perspective on life. Definitely true! 🙂

  31. Aunt Judy says:

    That was excellent! We are in total agreement…..now to have the courage to look beneath the surface. Now where did I leave that shovel?

  32. Great visual! Definitely gives me something to think about.

  33. This is a great analogy. Sure does out things in perspective. I usually am not the one to ask for outside help, but I’ve never really experienced terrible malware in life that I had the need to. With that said, I think we all need someone when life throws those viruses at us

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