How to Protect a Computer from Virus

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How to Protect a Computer from Virus
Isn’t it frustrating when you come to know that your computer is infected by a virus? Every day, a number of viruses are created by cyber criminals to destroy and hack the computers of others. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here are some instructions that can help you to guard your computer against the virus assaults.

It doesn’t make any difference if you’ve been on the internet for a few minutes or several years, you must know how to defend a virus entering into your computer. If your computer is acting strange like if it is taking too much time in opening and shutting down, some unknown files are found in it or it is having too many pop-ups, then it is pointing towards the fact that your machine has been attacked with worms and viruses.

step-by-step instructions

  1. Install the latest anti-virus software from the internet. You can also avail the free trial versions offered by some anti-virus companies online to protect your computer. In this case, reviews will help you in choosing the perfect anti-virus for operating system. However, if you feel your computer requires higher protections then it is better to buy a comprehensive anti-virus program.

  2. Make sure firewall is ON, as firewall obstructs unauthorized access to your computer. It keeps an eye on what is coming in and going out of the ports and also notices the way your computer communicates with the internet.

  3. It is recommended that you should not open or click on any suspicious link. Avoid opening emails from unknown and doubtful senders and always scan downloaded files like email attachments before opening them.

  4. It is important that you put your browser security on medium or high level. This will enable your browser in obstructing registered malicious scripts or websites.

  5. Don’t be lazy in backing up your files. It is strictly advised that you should regularly backup your files. Its better that you copy your important files on to USBs, CDs or any other storage devices while using some online backup services as well. You can easily find many file backup websites for saving your data on the internet.

  6. You should always be very smart and tricky while assigning passwords as hackers are loaded with amazing stuff to steal your files and information. Create tricky passwords; use different combinations of alphabets and numeric characters, for example “Hj1u34ft0p”. Also make sure you haven’t assigned easy to guess answers to your security questions.

  7. Free stuff is always attractive but when you are downloading something royalty free online, it is indeed risky. Avoid buying pirated CDs and always be extra careful while downloading leaked or unlicensed files. Always download stuff from reputable websites. Buying licensed software programs is highly recommended as they although being expensive are the safest option to choose.

tips and tricks

  • Take your time and follow these instructions to protect your computer.
  • Never get lazy in scanning your computer for viruses as it will not only save your files but also guard your confidential information from several online thefts.
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by: Muhammad Suhail Ajmal
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