Viruses, malwares, trojan horses, worms are malicious programs that can cause damage to your computer. These malicious programs can destroy your data or documents, steal your private information, including bank account, credit card information, and so on… These viruses, malwares, worms can infect your computer through email attachments, USB flash drives, local network or through internet. Then they will use your computer as a server to distribute themselves to other computer on the network.
Many viruses are created everyday and if you don’t take necessary action to prevent viruses from infecting your computer, you might lose your important data soon. This article will tell you some hints to protect your computer against viruses and avoid virus infection.
1. Keep your Windows or operating system up-to-date
You should turn on Automatic Update feature of Windows to make sure your system are up-to-date. Automatic Update will let your computer automatically download new update packages and install them. You may choose the option to let you know whenever an update is available without automatic downloading them.
2. Turn of Autoplay feature of Windows
Most viruses, trojans, worms, malwares can infect your computer through USB drive as soon as you plug the drive in. Turn off Windows Autoplay feature will help you prevent malicious programs running automatically, so they can not infect your computer. Remember to scan your USB drive for viruses and delete all infected file found before open it.
3. Backup your system
You should backup your system using Acronis True Image, an useful and safe system backup and recovery software. After installing operating system and necessary softwares, you can use Acronis True Image to create a backup image, save your backup image on hard drive, CDROM or save it online. When your system infected by viruses, you can restore the system to the backup time.
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4. Have an antivirus or internet security software installed
Antivirus or Internet Security softwares help you to protect your computer against 99.99% viruses, malwares, worms… You MUST install one Antivirus or Internet Security software on your system. Make sure your antivirus or internet security are up-to-date.
If you are connected to a network then you need an Internet Security software, which will protect you from network attack, phishing website, malware… The best internet security software is Kaspersky Internet Security and AVG Premium Security.
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If you are not connect to a network, an installed antivirus software is enough. The best antivirus software is Kaspersky Antivirus, and the second choice is AVG Antivirus.
You may using Kaspersky Antivirus with Zone Alarm Free Firewall instead of Kaspersky Internet Security. Zone Alarm is a free firewall solution to protect your computer against network attack.
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Remember to schedule your antivirus software to automatically perform full system scan at-least once a week to make sure you PC is free from virus and other malicious programs.
5. Never open an attachment in email unless you know what the attachment is
Even that email from your close friend, it may be an email with virus inside because your friend computer has been infected by viruses and these viruses automatically send mail to you. So you might let you antivirus program scan all of your email before open it.
With these hints about how to protect your computer against viruses, malwares, trojan horses and worms attack, I hope this article can help you to avoid viruses infection for your computer.
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