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The Ten Basic Tips to Keep your Computer Virus-Free

Written on August 25, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Here are the ten key steps to computer safety.

It is quite surprising that there are still a lot of people out there who does not take security seriously. What they didn’t know is that such coming from online applications and unknown files might attack their precious documents, and might even leave their hardware damaged.

Keeping your PC is a matter that should not be ignored. With numerous online threats hovering around every corner to date, there is a big need for you to follow these ten basic steps in protecting your computer.

1. As recommended, you have to install a reliable software. This software is capable of scanning your files regularly so you could monitor if there are any viruses, suspicious email attachments, or other online threats entering your system. There are probably a lot of programs to date, so be sure to choose the one that can provide constant file scanning and protection from viruses.

2. Make sure that your system, especially your email program, does not open download attachments automatically. Through this way, you can scan and examine the files first before they run.

3. Do not open attachments coming from unknown sources, since some viruses to date appear to be from a friendly source. Always run an anti-virus check every time you download new attachments.

4. Configure your antivirus software so it would work automatically at all times. This would give you a back-up security in case you forget to scan a file or attachment.

5. Antivirus programs are not capable of giving you a lifetime protection. Therefore, you need to update them regularly. You also have to learn more about viruses, since there are new malware, worms, and horses that are born daily.

6. The web is perhaps the largest source of malicious threats, so you must avoid downloading programs from unreliable sites — including freeware, screensavers, games, and other executable programs such as “.exe” or “.com” extensions. If you really have to download from the internet, make sure to save all your downloaded files into a single folder and then scan everything in the folder before utilizing it.

7. Do not put an unknown data CD into your computer’s system. Data CDs are perhaps the most common way why viruses are transmitted. Once you’re done using your PC, be sure to remove the CD to prevent installing malicious programs on your computer.

8. Be careful when browsing through the web. Some sites, such as warez, crack, and adult sites, are too dangerous and might even transmit viruses into your computer’s system.

9. Keep your personal information safe. Don’t save any credit card or banking account information on your computer, and don’t easily give away your email addresses, phone number and passwords to anyone.

10. Use your common sense. Delete any attachments that look dangerous, especially if it’s coming from a source that you don’t know. Never download applications from unprofessional websites.

Do you have any tips on how to protect your computer from viruses? Share them through the comment box below.

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