7 Great Tips to Keep Your Computer/PC Virus Free
Keeping your computer/PC virus free these days is not an easy task any more. You have to be very careful in order to keep your computer/PC/laptop virus free. Everyday a new type of computer virus is being created and you may be a victim of it. Computer viruses can cause a complete damage to your property as well as to your personal life as well in some cases.
So it is always better to learn about these computer viruses and try to gain more awareness. Here are 7 great tips to keep your computer/PC virus free and stay safe.
1. Install a Reputed and Reliable Antivirus Software
This is the first and very basic thing you need to do, install a reliable anti virus software on your system. Antivirus software scans your computer in real time and check for any suspicious activities on your system. These antivirus software have a data base of virus definitions and from these definitions they find out a virus on your system. Apart from the virus definitions these software also keep an eye on the activities going on in your system and if they find anything suspicious they will block the program and will keep you safe.
Widely used antivirus software is Norton Antivirus. If you can not afford a commercial antivirus program then you can also use Avast antivirus (home edition) which is completely free and most reliable among free antivirus programs.
2. Restrict Automatically Opening of Attachments
Most of the times we become a virus victim because of opening unknown attachments in emails. You should always restrict your email program to download attachments automatically. Change your settings such that it will not open any attachments automatically. Before downloading and opening any attachments scan it properly and then open it.
3. Scan All Your Incoming/Outgoing Emails
Emails are the biggest medium in spreading computer viruses. So always make sure that you scan each email through your antivirus program to make sure that it is virus free. Even if you are sending a mail, scan it and then send it, this will make sure that you are not spreading any viruses, be responsible.
4. Set for Immediate Protection
Configure your antivirus software to start at boot up and run all the time, this will make sure that your computer is always safe even at start up. Configuring your antivirus program to start by itself will ensure you get immediate protection anyway. To do the settings follow your program manual.
5. Update your Antivirus Software Frequently
This point is really important. As I have already mentioned everyday new type of computer viruses are being created in order to make maximum possible harm to your computer. So to be at safe side you need to update your antivirus program very frequently. So it best to change the setting in your program to automatically update itself whenever any new updates come. Follow your manual to do the settings change.
6. Download Programs only from Reliable Sources
Here I am not saying don’t download programs from web but I am saying to download required programs only from trusted sources. Do not download pirated software from the internet as they contain very dangerous computer viruses. If at all you have to download from internet then make sure to scan it before opening the file.
7. Disable Autorun/Autoplay functionality for USB devices.
USB devices are the widely used mediums for spreading viruses as it can be easily infected. One USB device is used on many computers, so it is more prone to virus. Hence it is advisable to turn off autorun/autoplay feature for USB devices to restrict any unwanted programs execution.
Also make sure that you scan the USB device before opening it.
Above are some good tips to keep your computer virus free but what ever care we take sometimes accidentally a virus can attack your computer, so I would advice you to have a back up program on your computer which will take the complete and clean backup of your computer. You can restore this clean backup if at all by accident your system got affected.
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