Computer Viruses – How To Prevent Them

If you’ve been infected with a virus, you probably already know that you can’t delete them. Saying that you “cannot find them”, meaning that there is no way to eradicate them, is a common response when viruses first strike.

It can be extremely difficult to delete a virus, on the other hand, because they still have the auto-run functionality from the virus. Sneaky! They also have the ability to replicate themselves and send themselves to others with the click of a button. You can’t just uninstall a virus like Mal-ware.

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You might be thinking that you should prevent this hacking from occurring in the first place. There are several ways to do this; you can either prevent your computer from getting infected in the first place or you can install something that will make it difficult for the viruses to spread.

By preventing your computer from being infected in the first place, you are decreasing the chance that your computer will be infected in the first place. You are decreasing the chance that Mal-ware will be installed on your computer. Did you know that there were viruses created to prevent this from happening to you?

And they were successful?

Yes, they were successful. People began to take notice that infections were occurring frequently and that it was difficult to determine how infections were occurring. After twenty minutes on Google, they were able to find sites that would help them remove the viruses.

But they allowed themselves to be infected once again, for the third time in a week’s time. By this time, there were hundreds of viruses created, many of which faced the same destiny: eradication.

How can you protect yourself from subsequent attacks? The answer is two-fold. First, you should have updated anti-virus software installed on your computer. Run a scan at least once a week. Don’t get complacent, it takes only a few minutes to let these updates download.

Second, Install a firewall. This devices will keep you well protected from hacker attacks, even if you are using the internet. Firewalls will obliterate any software or code that tries to send your data out.

If you can’t afford the paid version, at least take a look at the results that your competitors are enjoying. Firewalls are popular because they are effective, easy to use and reliable. If you are using anti-virus software, at least run a scan once a week. If you have software to block spyware or adware, or if you are using anti-spyware protection, you should also consider purchasing additional protection.

This is critical because the spyware issues are not going away any time soon. There are no effective solutions on the market to prevent them from recurring. Which leads to the third part of this article, which promises to give you simple steps on how to block spyware from installing itself on your computer.

Block Spyware From Installings

When you visit a website, be sure to hover over the short url in the status bar. You should be able to see an icon of a small locked padlock just below the url.

If the padlock image appears below the url do not click on it. I should know, because I had one appear on my first browser! If you are still receiving unwanted emails, do not click on the padlock image and continue to visit the site.

Some of the more reputable online retailers have their own security systems. While they will almost always have an icon for this, you can’t always rely on it. Remember that your selling point will most likely be for you to ‘surety’ your account. If they ask for your security number, give it to them, but don’t cash it normally.

Beware of these kinds of emails:

Do notreply to these or click on any links in them. Just delete them. This is the safest thing to do.

These emails are designed to steal your information. Anything you can do, he can do better. So, make sure you delete any emails like this that you are not sure of.

Before opening an attachment, make sure that you have checked first with the sender that they are actually sending one of their products. Many times a virus can arrive via an email, falsely claiming to be from a person you know and trusted.

If you are not sure, call the company first to see if it is a genuine request and then call back if you are satisfied. Do not use a provided link, but type it in yourself, from the actual website. This is how most people are discovered to be infected.

What else can I do?

1. Someone has sent you something that they claim is from a friend or associate. Do not open it unless you know who sent it AND have deleted all other emails with similar names.

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