Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How to Protect a PC From Viruses

A Computer Virus is anything that replicates and duplicates itself on a hard disk drive when you do not wish for it to do so. These viruses can actively break into your system by hiding itself in a file that you open. Once a computer virus is running, it can infect other programs and documents as well. Hence, there is a need to keep a check on these viruses.

If you are looking for some really helpful tips that can save your PC against these viruses, then given below are some of the best tips that might really help you out:

1. First of all, install an Anti-Virus Software. It is a must for all the systems; it protects your systems against a number of Viruses that can harm your important data and information. A number of Anti-Virus Software are available in the market, some of them are: AVG Anti -Virus, Avast Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

2. Properly scan the attachments that you have received in an e-mail, and then only open them. They may contain infected files.

3. Always try and avoid programs and files from unknown sources including the Internet. If you follow this step, you may eliminate the risk of a number of traditional viruses.

4. Do not unnecessarily click on pop-up ads, unfamiliar emails and file attachments.

5. Scan your system regularly. Do it twice a week, in order to ensure proper safeguard against the viruses. If you don't feel secure about any file, scan it properly. Also scan USB flash drives and compact disks.

6. Visit Microsoft Update regularly and turn on automatic updating. Also use an Internet Firewall.

7. Always avoid P2P sharing software, these kinds of software are quite useful for movies and songs, and you might even end up downloading a song that has a keystroke logger attached to it.

8. Use complex and typical passwords to login, this would make it very difficult for a hacker to get into your computer and infect its operating system.

9. Keep in mind to secure your wireless network. At least set a basic security that requires a password, so that no one is able to connect your home network and access everything.

10. Always install trusted software. Always make sure that you download software from recognized sites only.

These are some of the tips that can really help you secure your PC, against the deadly viruses.


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