The 10 Commandments of Staying Virus-Free

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December 17, 2016

The 10 Commandments of Staying Virus-Free

Computer virus.

I Install a good antivirus software and keep it updated. Also perform full system scan periodically. It is highly recommended that you turn on the automatic update feature. This is the most essential task to protect your PC from viruses. If PC security is your first option then it is recommended that you go for a shareware antivirus software rather than using the freeware stuffs. There are a good number that offer free versions. Go to our FREE STUFF page for those links.

I Email is one of the common ways by which your computer can catch a virus. So, it is always recommended to stay away from SPAM. Open only those emails that has its origin from a trusted source such as those which comes from your contact list. If you are using your own private email host (other than Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.) then it is highly recommended that you use a good spam filter. Finally, NEVER click on any links in the emails that comes from untrusted sources.

I USB thumb/pen drives is another common way by which viruses spread rapidly. So, it is always a good habit to perform a virus scan before copying any data onto your computer. NEVER double-click the pen drive to open it. Instead right-click on it and select the option “open”. This is the safe way to open a pen drive.

I Be careful about using MS Outlook. Outlook is more susceptible to worms than other e-mail programs, unless you have an efficient antivirus programs running. Use Pegasus or Thunderbird (by Mozilla), or a web-based program such as Hotmail or Yahoo (In Firefox).

I The Internet is the main source of all malicious programs including viruses, worms, trojans etc. In fact, Internet contributes to virus infection by up to 80 percent. Do not click on pop-up windows that announce a sudden disaster in your city or announce that you’ve won an hourly prize. They are the ways to mislead Internet users and you should never trust them. You can also use a pop-up blocker to automatically block those pop-ups. Most of us use search engines like Google to find what we are looking for. It 's common for bad folk to 'hijack" a Google result and have a malicious website to get listed in the search results. In order to avoid visiting those untrusted malicious websites, you can download and install the AVG LinkScanner which is a freeware. This tool can become very handy and will help you to stay away from those malicious websites.

I Most of the antivirus programs offer the auto-protect feature that provides real-time security for your PC. Make sure that this feature is turned on. Also, put a good malware / spyware program on your PC. There are some great free ones out there. Go to our FREE STUFF page to see about those.

I NEVER open any email attachments that come from untrusted sources. If it is a picture, text or sound file (these attachments end in the extensions .txt, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .mp3, .htm, .html, and .avi), you are probably safe, but still perform a virus scan before opening them.

I Do not use disks that other people gave you, even from work without running a virus scan on it first. The disk could be infected with a virus that the person didn't even know about.

I Set up your Windows update to automatically download patches and upgrades. This will allow your computer to automatically download any updates to both the operating system and Internet Explorer. These updates fix security holes in both pieces of software.

I Finally it is recommended not to visit those websites that feature illegal/unwanted stuffs such as cracks, serials, warez etc. as they contribute much in spreading of virus and other malicious programs. If you like to life on the edge, while your downloading files from untrusted websites/sources such as torrents, warez etc., make SURE that you run a virus scan before executing them.

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