Apr 22 2010

Ten top tips for avoiding malware on your computer

Category: Uncategorizedcomparem @ 12:38 am

1. Only download software from trusted websites, like CNet and Download.com

2. Make sure you always have virus protection software installed on your computer, as well as a firewall

3. Install and regularly run anti-spyware and adware programs. Many of these can be downloaded for free, like Ad-aware and Spybot Search and Destroy

4. Use common sense when deciding which websites to browse. Many adult websites and Peer to Peer (P2P) sites, for instance, are loaded with pop-ups containing malware

5. Avoid clicking on pop-up ads, particularly on websites that might be considered untrustworthy. Better still, use a pop-up blocker as it will do this for you

6. Be cautious when installing shareware. A lot of shareware these days has spyware/adaware bundled in the program

7. Make sure your email program has a spam filter. Spam emails frequently contain malware, so be extra careful if you decide to open them

8. Ensure you monitor your startup programs. Delete unknown processes from the list. Go to run, type msconfig, and run the startup editor

9. Update your anti-virus protection software regularly. It’s best to install a virus protection package that automatically updates with new definitions to combat the latest threats

10. Try to keep abreast of the latest developments in virus protection software, including both antivirus product updates and newly identified malware threats

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