Tips To Keeping Your Computer Safe From Viruses
It has happened to all of us before and it sucks. It feels like you’ve lost your computer and the important data along with your computer. It isn’t hard to fix your computer after a virus attack with a simple reformat, but it would take some time and the infected files are lost forever. Even with anti-virus software such as ESET NOD32, Intego VirusBarrier, or Microsoft Security Essentials (Free), it would still be possible for hackers to bypass those anti-viruses software and get you infected. These anti-viruses software just gives you a much higher chance to prevent getting infected. A anti-virus software and a firewall is the minimum that you should have if you plan on using the internet.
Recommend FREE Software To Keep Your Computer Safe
- Microsoft Security Essentials – This is 100% free from Microsoft. Normally, I don’t bother when free Anti-virus software because they are always lagging my computer with advertisement integrated into the anti-virus software. I also love Microsoft Security Essentials because it’s not a resource hog. You won’t even notice that it’s running in the background.
- Windows Firewall – A firewall is a must if you want to prevent hackers from connecting to your computer. Windows firewall comes with Windows so you do not need to download anything. Just make sure that it’s enabled.
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free – There is no need to purchase the PRO version as the FREE version is good enough. Malwarebytes is great for detecting advanced malware.
Tips For Keeping Your Computer Safe & Clean From Viruses
- Make sure you have a Anti-virus, firewall and Malwarebytes which is FREE. You can get them from the links above.
- Keep your Windows updated with Windows’s Updates. You should check if there are any new updates at least once a week. I normally check two times a week. You can also set Windows to automatic check and automatically download updates if you wish.
- Keep your programs updated as old programs may have exploits which hackers can take advantage of to get full control of your computer
- Only run files you know is 100% safe. Don’t download files from people you don’t know. Even if you get a file from a family or friend, you should be careful. If the file looks suspicious, ask them if they really sent the file. There are viruses out there now that will infected users and send emails to everyone in their contact list without their permission and without them even knowing.
- Always scan files before you open them with your anti-virus software or a free service that will analyze suspicious files for you such as VirusTotal. I actually love VirusTotal as it will scan the file you select with 45+ different anti-virus software. It’s not possible to scan your whole computer with VirusTotal, so just pick files you are suspicious of.
To be on the safe side, remember to back up all of your files, especially the important ones. You can use a online backup service such as Carbonite, USB drive, or even a DVD-R media (if it fits).