Easy tips to protect PC from malware and viruses.
Though there are many malicious programs that infect a PC, spyware is considered to be the nastiest of all. It infects PC without your knowledge. The most common source of spyware infection is internet downloads. It’s ubiquitous in peer-to-peer file sharing. That’s OK, but how to know whether the PC is infected by spyware or not.
Warning Signs of Spyware Attack:
Spyware infects your PC silently. And of course, there are some warning signs of spyware attack:
- Continuous pop-up advertisements
- Change in homepage
- Redirections to unknown sites
- Unknown toolbars
- Frequent crashes
- Irreversible change in settings
- Sluggish PC performance
Easy Tips To Protect PC From Malware (Spyware, Adware & Viruses):
1. Download Anti Spyware:
Every 9 out of 10 internets connected PC’s are attacked with spyware and adware. So downloading an Anti-Spyware Software from reliable sources will fight against all the dreadful spyware and adware programs that may invade your privacy.
2. Run Anti-Virus Software:
Without an antivirus software, it is not advisable to run an internet connected PC. Even if you run an anti-spyware, you need to install an online Anti-Virus Protection so that it prevents any harmful virus from entering into the PC.
3. Do Not Open Unknown Emails:
Open emails only from the trusted sources. Viewing is not an issue. You should only open or run trustworthy attachments or else simply delete it. There is a danger of spreading of malware through unknown email addresses. Simply ignore them.
4. Beware Of Free Downloads:
Say no to free downloads. In the name of FREE, you may fall victim to viruses and spyware. Stay from free downloads. Download the required software only from reliable sources.
5. Active X Control:
Some websites ask you to install active x controls. Do not download and run active x control unless you know it. Otherwise, there is a danger of viruses.
6. Flashing Banners:
While browsing the net, you happen to see amazing flash banners. Do not fall to them as they simply misguide you. Some even scare you saying, your PC has been infected by some XYZ virus, and you need to buy the product to protect PC from malware.
7. Run Automatic Updates Provided By Operating System:
Turn on the feature of automatic updates provided by operating system. Windows normally update all the security features at regular intervals. So, PC gets updated automatically to fight against malicious programs.
8. Stay Away From Pop-Ups:
Stay away from annoying pop-up ads. Do not try to close it by clicking OK. Always use the right click and close the window from there, otherwise, it redirects you to some other website.
9. Run Internet Security Suite Software:
If possible, download and install Internet Security Suite Software. This does the work of anti-spyware, anti-virus and firewall. With one internet security suite software, you can manage all the three things of security.
10. Use Mozilla Firefox Browser:
For the best security and protection, it is always recommended to use Google Chrome or Mozilla firefox browser. As the Internet Explorer is more susceptible to security risks, it is better to avoid Microsoft Edge.
Doug Woodall says
Looks like you covered it all. Especially the Firewall, many do not pay its configuration enough attention.
It need to be set up too to prevent attacks.