Now days, A large share of computer users are more or less depended on internet. A statistics by Internet World Stats had shown that, there are more than 48% of the computer users who are connected to the internet; which is increasing geometrically day by day. And as a matter of fact, when you work online, you are exposed to thousands of spams, malwares, worms, spywares, trojan horse and of course, viruses. Another report has shown that, the malware expenses worldwide had been increased to $10 billion in past 10 years worldwide.
So there is a great chance of being a sufferer of such attacks of you is a regular internet user, unless you go through a proper maintenance and protection from the internet-threats. Here we have some most effective methods that would be working to provide you a online safety from viruses, malwares, spywares, trojan horse and worms etc.
So let’s begin:
Install Top Rated Antivirus and Anti-Spyware for Best PC Protection
Many of us have a firm believe that the free antivirus software we use are strong enough to provide us adequate protections from major virus attacks. The true fact is, that’s nothing compared to the strength of viral attacks. Here are some tips:
- Install professional and Business Grade Antivirus software in your PC that provide a wide range of protection from threats like rootkits.
- Perform daily scans on the files of your PC, especially files of the Windows drive. Also, it’s better if you perform a root-time scan once a week.
- Enable Firewall software that protects the network ports and data transfer. Also, before installing any other Firewall software, disable default Windows Firewall.
Ensure Secure Web Surfing
Lots of harmful elements are there to access to your computer and personal data that can be very dangerous. In order to prevent intruders to access your personal data, maintain these following measures-
Malware Protection in Web Surfing
Avoid clicking on entrusted ads, popups on internet that are mainly designed to draw your attention and make you to click. Such unsafe clicks may lead you to be a sufferer of malwares and viruses.
You’ve often noticed that texts appearing in numerous sites that says they’ve got a message for you, or they’ve found suspicious elements on your PC or Clicking There will boost up your PC speed etc. Beware of these types of texts. Because most of them are misleading popups that are designed to misguide you. And always close these from Task Manager. Not by clicking on the ‘X’ button.
Clear Cache Memory
Conduct a clean for the cache memory of the browser. This helps a lot to reappear similar popoups. Here is a guide to clean the cache memory.
Handle Downloaded Files Carefully
Not all of the files you download intentionally or automatically are trustworthy. Double check some factors before dealing with suspicious downloaded files. Firstly, be selective with what you download. Secondly, download only from trusted websites. Use Antivirus Add-ons/Extensions for download. And thirdly, check the file extension and scan with antivirus every time.
Safe and Secure Hardware & Software Maintenance
Very often, hardware elements like portable data drives or infected CD/DVD can be the source of major virus attacks to your computer. Here are some cautions that you can maintain for proper hardware management-
Windows Firewall and Malware Protection
Firewall software are very effective to protect access of unrecognized intruders via websites and popups. Thereby, always keep firewall software installed in your PC.
Also, instead of external firewall software, you can use the default firewall protection from Windows. But, remember that you can’t run two firewall software at a time on your PC. Keep anyone of them installed at a time.
Microsoft patches the holes from the previous versions of Windows in every new update. So, to maintain best security, keep your Windows updates as soon as possible. Also, other security software, utility software also needs to be updated for ensuring maximum safety.
Careful With External Devices and Drives
External devices, USB pen drive, CD/DVD and portable hard drives are major source of viruses and this chance is more if you often have to exchange files with other people around you. Even without total awareness of you, virus can be infected into your PC just by inserting an USB device into your PC. So use regular virus checking, safety removal of the devices and turn off the Auto run feature of the PC.
Secure PC Protection With File Backup
One of the most common sources of internal infection of viruses is improper file orientation. Thus, it may cause you a huge loss of personal files and information. So also, keep a proper backup of your necessary files in cloud storages online.
Disable Autorun for Malware Protection
While you insert a portable device into your PC, an Autorun Window appears that allows direct access to the drive files in a categorized way. But this is a major source of virus infection through which viruses can automatically install themselves and propagate threats. So, keep this feature disable. Also, you can follow Microsoft’s article that relates this topic frequently.
Disable Image Preview in MS Outlook
This might sound tinny, but many of the major virus disasters had been propagated by this trick. Prevent Microsoft Outlook software to automatically show images. For that, you can switch the default opener to other picture viewer software.
Keep A File Backup
Keep your necessary files and information onto a safe and secure online cloud storage so that you can replace them with the infected files once attacked by viruses. In this way, you personal and classified files won’t be lost in spite of virus infection onto your PC.
Hope you have a safe and secure experience with virus and worm free computing.