For a complete beginner, it is normal for the strings to be uncomfortable to press down, especially the E string. Try minimizing your playing time at first, and build it up slowly. Take frequent breaks when your fingertips start hurting. If your strings are too high, it will hurt more, and for longer.
Standard height for strings at the end of the fingerboard (the part closest to the bridge), is 3.5 for the E string, and 5.5 for the G string. If your strings are a millimeter off from this, the issue is probably easy to ignore. Your fingers will get used to it, and if you aren't playing too far up the neck, you'll barely notice a difference even if you fix it.
Sometimes the problem is worse: my first instrument that had strings at twice that. It was extremely uncomfortable even in first position. It was also an inexpensive instrument, so my solution was to simply sell it. A more expensive solution would have been to replace the bridge with a exceptionally low one, which would have to be specially carved for that instrument. I was quoted about $200 for this, although if you only need a small amount shaved off the current bridge, it would be much cheaper. The other potential solution would be to do a neck reset, which can raise the angle of the neck so that the fingerboard is closer to the strings. This would have cost over $1,000 US.
If you can, I'd suggest taking it to a violin shop, and getting an estimate from their luthier on the cost of getting your instrument professionally set up. It can make it big difference in the instrument's playability for not too much money.