Virtual desktops are pretty cool because they let you use multiple desktops on one physical computer.
You can have one desktop dedicated to productivity. Perhaps you have Outlook and Microsoft Excel running there. On another desktop, you can have your web apps open. Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. And maybe on another desktop you’re playing games such as Minecraft. The point is that each desktop is a completely distinct desktop (a new explorer.exe process) so you can customize the taskbar, change the wallpaper and all that good stuff without affecting the other desktops.
Using Virtual Desktops is a great way to organize your world especially if you find yourself constantly switching between various disparate tasks.
Here’s my story of what happened when I intentionally infected myself with malware. I did this because I wanted to see if the default controls on my system were sufficient in protecting me from a recent threat. I think this goes without saying, but do not attempt to do what I’m about to do on your computer.
I purposely didn’t install any antivirus programs and disabled every security restraint I encountered. I setup a plain-vanilla Windows 8.1 machine and attempted to download and execute a malicious file.
Over the next few paragraphs you’ll see how that didn’t quite go the way I planned…