How To Protect Computer From Viruses

How To Protect Computer From Viruses

Computer viruses have always been a problem, since 1991. Up until now computer users have flourished in the world at an unprecedented number. Still the fight against computer viruses has proven a struggle for many of those users, each with their own reasons. Over the years, companies have spent high amounts of their expenses to develop Antivirus software (sold separately) to provide those computer users with help and support against computer viruses. 

Viruses have proven very provocative to computer users, harming their data and files, invading their personal and private data, putting them at risk of theft of online financial banking information and generally corrupting their computer system. The problem is that sometimes, viruses come to exist on a user’s PC when they connect to the internet or share Universal Serial Bus’s (USB) with one another. 

When these companies began developing Antivirus software, they did so to help users defend themselves against it. It is always recommended to install antivirus software on your PC, the variety of antivirus software available from these companies range in many different brands, types and quality. Each antivirus software comes with its own level of security, some are lower, some mediocre and some higher and better advanced security. 

Each range in pricing, the better quality antivirus software may be slightly more costly, although affordable, and have a higher security range, meaning that they can handle diverse security aspects, from protecting against malware & viruses. Sometimes it is preferred by computer users to install multiple types, brands or antivirus software, to have a full variety of different security levels, that may each have a different expertise at battling a different virus problem. 

Just like companies that produce antivirus software for computers, also computer companies that produce computers, provide their customers with warranty and software updates for their PC’s. For instance, a client walks into a Toshiba branch/ outlet and purchases a brand new Toshiba PC. Let’s assume the client uses it for two months, and then in the third month, He or she gets a notification from Toshiba that they need to install or update the latest software for their PC. This update software version includes security actions to help keep that still brand new Toshiba PC safe from viruses. Meaning that computer users should always keep their PC’s up to date, by downloading or simply keeping automatic downloads on always, they can be notified to update their PC every now and then, to help maintain the software and keep the PC free of viruses as they use it. Think of it as a monthly service for your PC. 

Whenever a computer user goes online, they should try to check for something called; Ad-Blocks. These help defend against bad advertisements on websites that randomly pop-up out of nowhere. The thing with advertisements is that it’s extremely popular these days because some advertising companies pay websites to host their adverts for products, deals, etc. The problem is sometimes, these website owners don’t realize the risk they may put visitors of their websites in terms of viruses that are included on these pop up adverts. Usually these adverts have instant links to other shopping websites or worse, websites that are pre-structured to install viruses or invade personal data on the PC.  Thus by installing Ad-Block, computer users have a better chance to protect themselves from these annoying Pop-ups. Ad-Block comes in different types, so always make sure to install the most useful types. Paid Ad-Blocks are far more reliable than free types to install ones usually available online. Prices vary of course, as usual more costly means better security.   

Speaking of the internet, always make sure to avoid websites that are destructive. Sometimes the PC’s give you a warning if you are accessing a harmful website, these websites are usually illegal anyways and should always be avoided as much as possible. They contain automatic installations of programs that try to attach onto your system and install themselves. These programs usually come up as ‘Run’ , so when you see it, be sure to confirm if indeed you yourself intend to install it, if not, it’s probably a virus program, and immediately discard it. Never install a program you are not aware of. 

When online, try to supervise what you’re downloading via the content, especially pirated or free content that may carry with it harmful viruses. Malicious information is usually attached to the download sometimes from bad websites, in fact they can also be hidden and you would not know that they were installed in the first place. These downloads should always try to be done safely and supervised, if it was not allowed to download by you or anyone using the PC then it’s automatic and unauthorized. A tip is to try to use the latest and best browsers when surfing the web for downloads, as they have better security and privacy features that help prevent unwanted information attached to the download files. 

There’s always more Anti-Software’s to install; besides Anti-Virus Software, which is the best solution of them all, but you can install Anti-Spyware / Anti-Malware; these programs are usually available to download online. They can be purchased if you prefer for better quality defense or you can get them for free from good-abiding websites. They help fight against hidden malware, viruses and hackers that try to access your personal information, such as financial data. They are also a great addition to the struggle against protecting your Computer against viruses, they work silently and on their own in the background, sometimes they may require your attention to update them. 

Backing up your computer is always a good idea. It is recommended for users to back up their PC’s data onto an External Hard Drive or (USB), online storage, just in case of any stuck malware. By this what is meant is that in some cases viruses, especially strong ones that have attacked an unprotected computer, have managed to latch on and have become very difficult to delete. These can’t be deleted and may have corrupted data or caused their loss, be sure to store your data and back it up to avoid this, so you can always recover data from a safe placed, secondary source. 

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