Your computer is not safe from day to day, because there are millions of malware on the internet trying to attack your system. Malware is a collective name of malicious threat to the proper functioning of your system. Malware include viruses, spywares, scareware and so on. If care is not taken, you can lose all your documents, personal details and so on in a single attack.
My USB drives and memory card were attacked by viruses few times in the past and I know the damage they caused me. In my post on How To Remove Virus Completely From Your Computer, I shared with you a little of those things you can do to prevent viruses. Now, this post will elaborate more on those tips and explain better so that after reading you will be able to protect your system!
Remember it is better safe than sorry. The earlier you start, the better for you. Here are the safety tips for you to follow:
AVOID INTERNET DOWNLOADS
Downloading from the internet is dangerous to your system. Most programs, videos, music files etc are infected with viruses that can harm your system. You could download a virus disguised as music or video file or an infected file that could infect and attack your system. So be careful with downloading and if you must download ensure you have a very strong and up-to-date antivirus and internet security that can detect any virus or malware before opening it.
BE CAREFUL WITH USB USAGE
From my post How To Recover Lost Data From Virus Infected USB Drive, I mentioned how my USB got infected from a Cyber Café. The virus entered and turned my data as shortcuts and became hidden. I could not see the documents but the USB seems to be filed with documents. When I first had the experience I have to format the drive. Until I acquired the knowledge of recovering lost data which I applied in the next attack. An infected USB drive transfers viruse into your computer if your antivirus could not detect it. Be careful how you use USB especially if you do not have a trusted anti-virus. Even with a trusted antivirus because there are millions of viruses present online which could pass thorough without detection, hence the need for caution.
UPDATE YOUR ANTIVIRUS
Ensure your antivirus is up to date to avoid new threats passing through to attack your system. The antivirus downloads all virus definitions to your system so that it could detect them once they show up on your system. Do not only download free antivirus from the internet, pay for its subscription or buy one so that it can work for you throughout the year. An antivirus subscription usually last for a year and once expired it will no longer work. This could render your system vulnerable to virus attacks.
GET A MALWARE REMOVER
It is not enough to have an anti-virus program to protect your files, you have to go a step ahead to protect your system from other malicious programs such as spywares, adwares, scarewares and so on. Malware is a universal name that refers to varieties of hostile software. While some malwares render your system extremely slow, others give off annoying pop-ups and some others gather your personal data (password, log in details and so on) without your knowledge. It is better to get a malware remover or an antivirus with built in malware or antispyware program or a stand-alone malware remover like Malwarebytes.
REGULARLY DO FULL SYSTEM SCAN
It is important to run full system scan once in a while to detect and flush out threats that sneaked through the antivirus to infect your system. Most antivirus programs apart from running in the background to protect your system can be scheduled to do a full system scan on your computer periodically. You can set it up for either daily, weekly, monthly full scan. The scan can take several hours depending on the speed of your system. For effectiveness you can schedule it to take place when you are not using the system like in the middle of the night or when you are away from your system.
ACTIVATE OR INSTALL FIREWALL
Firewall is a software or hardware that blocks hackers and some types of malware from getting to your computer via a network or the internet. Besides Windows 8 and 10 that come with their own antivirus in addition to firewalls, Windows versions from XP come equipped with firewalls that work perfectly. Installing a Third Party Firewall might not be needed after all because having more than one firewall on your computer can cause conflicts and problems. Windows Firewalls are turned on by default, but you can check to be sure. Type firewall in Windows search to check the status or set the firewall.
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