Tired of your OS Widows behaving strangely and slowing down suddenly? I can understand the pains of having to remove the viruses infecting your system and then sustaining the damage done by them. According to a recent survey worldwide malware expenses have increased up to $20 Million. A google research adds to the worries by telling us that one in every ten websites are infected with ‘drive-by’ malware.
Seeing these stats it becomes absolutely necessary to protect your computer against all such viruses, malwares and automatically installed unwanted programs (PUPs). If you think you are safe by having an antivirus program in your PC than I would frankly tell you that you are delusional! There are more than enough viruses and malwares that can easily get through your antivirus program and firewall. It is good to have an antivirus program on your system but you also need to learn more. Hence, it is an absolute necessity for you to learn the most effective ways of avoiding viruses and malware. It is better to stay safe than to cry over spilt milk.
With this in mind, I have researched extensively and after careful administration and use, have come up with some of the most effective ways to prevent viruses from entering your system.
You can avoid getting infected and can enjoy the internet on your own terms by following these methods meticulously.
Keep Your Operating System Up-to-Date
It does not matter which operating system you are using. It can be Windows, MAC, Linux or any kind of OS. But what matters is that your operating system should be up to date. Always try to use the latest system and update it regularly. OS releases updates all the time to fix security leaks and faults in the system. So this regular update can help you to keep your system secure and safe.
Install an Antivirus/Antimalware
It is not the only thing that keeps you safe but this goes almost without saying that having an antivirus on your system is the first step to avoiding viruses and securing your operating system. Also do not forget to regularly update your antivirus or antimalware software to maintain a database that helps you to fight against all new viruses, adware and malware.
Perform Daily Scans
It is best for you to perform daily scans on your system. Sometimes it is hard to do and you cannot work while the virus scanner is running so if you find the process irritating than it is recommended that you schedule a weekly scan on your software or setup a night time scan when you are not working in your computer. In this way your system can be cleaned out regularly making you less susceptible to viruses.
Disable Auto run on Your System
Many devices act as leeches and attach themselves to external hard drives, USBs or any other kind of potable media. The minute you attach any external device to your computer, the viruses launches itself and starts propagating and spreading in your system.
If you want to stay safe from such malicious invaders than it’s in your best interest to disable the auto run feature in your system. Depending on your operating system you can follow the steps given by Microsoft to disable this feature.
Use a Non Administrator Account
It might be a bit of extra work to install every program manually and grant permissions for everything with a local account. But a local account can also help you stay safe by regulating and monitoring each and everything that enters your system. You can keep a check on any unwanted program that tries to install itself and you can also easily reverse harmful changes.
Use a Secure Network
If your operating system is connected to printer, wi-fi or any other network make sure that you are using a secure connection. Do not connect your computer to an open Wi-Fi___33 network. Always use WPS or WPA 2 protection to secure your network. It will also be good for you not to broadcast your SSID and password.
Avoid Clicking on Anything and Everything
Now this is a mantra that you need to keep repeating to yourself until it is completely embedded in your brain. It’s a rule that needs to be religiously followed to prevent viruses from entering your system. Do not click on everything. It literally includes everything; Crafty email messages, email attachments and links, unknown websites, attention grabbing banner adds, false download buttons, pop ups or any such thing that wants you to click on it!
You want to stay safe while on the internet? Do not ignore this rule. No matter if an email is sent by a friend, relative or a colleague, never open it without scanning first. You want to download email attachments? Scan first. Want to click on a download button for a software? Verify first that the software is coming from a licensed source.
Make sure that your browser is configured to ask first before running or downloading any kind of program or file because most of the viruses only attack after you grant permission or “click” on the file containing the virus.
Always beware of nefarious pop ups and never click on the “X” to close the pop up.
Always use a secure internet browser. Do not stay dependent on the old internet explorer versions as they are not compatible with the modern plug-ins and features. It is best to use an advanced business class browser. Once you have a good browser in your system than be smart and make good use of its additional features such as Add-ons and Plug-ins. Manu browsers provide you with Add-ons that coordinate with your antivirus program to block harmful sites, cookies and links.
Install ad blocker and pop-up blockers in your browser to stay safe while browsing the internet. Also install browser plug-ins that can protect you against ‘drive-by’ malware, phishing attacks, fake hyperlinks and harmful webpages.
It is in the best of your interest to never enter your personal, professional and financial information on a page that you have not opened manually and is not a verified link or secure website.
You can also add unchecky to your browser plug-ins to uncheck unnoticeable small checked boxes that install PUPs to your computer. And also don’t forget to clear your browsers cache.
Use Multiple Strong Passwords and Back-ups For Everything
It better to be safe than sorry. While you are on the internet, a simple virus is not the only thorn in you backside! You also need to stay safe and secure from hacking programs while shopping online, or doing banking transactions. It is advisable not to use one or similar passwords on all your accounts either social or professional. Also keep all your data backed up at all times to avoid losing anything to viruses.
Use a Hardware Based Firewall
The simple software based firewall provided with your system is not enough when using the internet or connecting with external networks or devices. You need to have a capable and strong Hardware Based Firewall to protect your system against viruses, worms, infected network traffic, malicious adware and other vulnerabilities.
Did you know about all these ways of preventing viruses from entering your system? Use them well and enjoy a virus free computer and life!
Polina works as marketing manager for a year now and loves searching for interesting topics for you:)