Computer Virus Protection – 5 Essential Measures You Should Practice
It is perplexing to note that in this age of information overload; still many computer users are gullible to all types of computer virus attacks when it only takes a few simple steps to implement computer virus protection to prevent virus attacks from happening.
Maybe the fault lies on the erroneous notion that vulnerability lies within the system, the Windows operating system you use, the browser you prefer using or the very anti-virus software or internet security system you installed on your system.
Looking at the operating systems, it is a common knowledge that Microsoft Windows OS is more vulnerable to viruses and other malwares compared to the Macintosh OS or Linux systems.
But it is not because there are inherent technical loopholes within the Windows OS design, the hackers simply do not bother to write programs for the other OS because only a few use them. In fact, vulnerability lie within the computer user himself in protecting his computer and online habits and how meticulous he is when it comes to vital software and system updates and over-all computer management.
It is vital therefore for you to know essential computer virus protection measures you should practice. Here are some of them: If you’re a download freak, be sure to download files and programs only from trustworthy sites. Don’t ever download anything from unknown sources or from someone you aren’t expecting via e-mail. Do not entertain personal emails from unknown sources enticing you to click links or open email attachments.
- Removable storage disks such as portable usb flash drives and compact disks are common media for widespread computer virus infection especially if the host computer is not equipped with the latest anti-virus updates or with limited or no internet access. Make sure to disable the autorun feature when putting a removable storage disk in your system and thoroughly scan the flash drive and optical disks with your updated anti-virus software before you access files from them.
- Get a good computer virus protection software and objectively assess its performance. Some computer users install several anti-virus software programs within their systems to utilize each of their specific strengths for a more comprehensive secure computer. But not all anti-virus software are compatible with each other so be careful when matching them up if you don’t want your computer operating system freezing up.
- Use the software firewall functions within your operating system or your installed internet security software. Better yet, install a third party firewall software altogether to effectively filter out malicious access from the web. Also set up and maintain a router for your computer especially if you are planning to set up several computers for networking. Routers serve as a hardware firewall and are relatively easy to set up and maintain.
- Be sensitive and act fast whenever you sense there’s something wrong. Don’t be over confident with your anti-virus software as they are only as good as your last update. New and potentially more lethal viruses are coming out from the mills that would sometimes outsmart even the latest computer virus protection software versions so be on the lookout of potentially dangerous files or folders popping out on your monitor. Scan them, look for dubious extension files such as scr or pif and get rid of them.
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