19/02/2016

Tips on ways to avoid Viruses and Spyware on your PC

For most PC and mobile users, security threat is not something that is new to us anymore. PCs and mobile devices are prone to getting infected with virus, malicious wares, and even spyware when the devices are not well taken care of. So to say, to protect  gadgets of any kind against nowadays security threats, users just need to be well informed and proactive. 
People make use of their PCs without handling it properly,  i would say because they are not updated as to the various threats that can damage their PCs, and also because some just do not care enough for what they make use of everyday.


IT professionals do encourage their users to follow several security practices to protect against virus, spyware and malware threats. But not every IT professional does that, as some of them are just too busy, or do not have the time to build a good memo or handout on various security threats and how to prevent them from infecting PCs.
So now i ll be providing you with some practical guidelines to follow to prevent or minimize the risk of your PC getting infected, and also make sure to follow and share the tips with friends and colleagues after reading this, so you do not end up losing your precious time to cleaning and repairing systems infected or entire networks. Below are some of the tips.


Installing quality antivirus


Many users of computer prefer to make use of free antivirus applications, like those with internet service bundle service offering that can be updated once an update pops up,and they believe that free antivirus are sufficient to protect a computer from virus or spyware attack. To be sincere, free anti virus programs don't and can't provide adequate protection needed for a computer against nowadays fast growing threats. 
So instead, i advice all PC users to install professional and quality antivirus software on their computers. This type of antivirus update frequently from time to time, thereby providing enough protection of your PC against vulnerable attacks. Quality anti viruses also protects against wide range threats and enable additional protective features such as custom scans. 


Installation of real time anti spyware protection


So many PC users seem to believe that installing a single antivirus,with integrated spyware protection is enough to protect against adware and spyware. While some believe free anti spyware apps in combination with antivirus apps can capably protect their PC against multiple fast growing number of spyware threats. That isn't just the case, its not just that simple, because most of this so called free anti spyware programs we believe in do not provide real time or active protection from trojan, spyware infections and adware. Though many of the free spyware programs can detect threats once they infect a system, typically professional, that is fully paid and licensed version anti spyware programs are capable of preventing infections and also removing infections already present in the PC. So its advisable to go for fully paid antivirus and anti spyware programs.


Keeping anti malware applications current


PC users sometimes ignore the fact of keeping their antivirus and spyware programs up to date, and some ignore update pop ups hence exposing their PCs to vulnerable attacks. Antivirus and anti spyware programs require constant signature and database updates. Without making this necessary updates, anti malware programs can not protect PCs from latest threats. sometimes ago, statistics shows that computer threats are estimated to infect 100,000 to 300,000 new websites per day.
So as a computer user, you need to make sure the antivirus and anti spyware apps are up to date. Also all Windows users need to take measures to prevent expiration of license,hence ensuring that anti malware programs are current, and continue to provide protection against most recent threats.


Ensure daily scans


Though, the sheer number and increase in new threats makes it unavoidable that virus infections will outsmart security software. Regardless of this, enabling complete and daily scans of a computers hard drive adds to the protection of the PC. Daily scans work properly and efficiently detecting, isolating and removing infections that escapes security software attention. So endeavor to run scans daily on your PC. 




Make use of a hard based firewall  

 

It is very essential to make use of a reliable firewall, as it protects computers from a wide variety of malicious network traffic, viruses and other vulnerable attacks. Though, unfortunately the software based firewall,by itself ,included with Windows is not sufficient enough to protect systems form attacks like myriad robotic, affecting all internet connected systems. I advice that PCs connected to the internet should be secured using an efficient and capable hardware based firewall.



Use of DNS protection


Internet access poses a wide range of security risks, as some there are some websites that distribute infected programs, trojan files and applications. Also there are threats which exists in form of DNS attacks, whereby a compromised DNS server directs you to an unauthorized web server. Users can protect themselves from these kind of threats by changing their PCs DNS process services.Open DNS services also protects users against likely spyware and other web based attacks.


Make sure to disable autorun


Most viruses operate by getting themselves attached to a drive,and installing themselves automatically, on any other media connected to them. As such connecting network drives, external disks, to a system can lead to automatic increase of such threats.
PC users should therefore disable Windows auto run feature by following Microsoft's
recommendations that differ by operating system.


Be wary of email links and attachments


PC users have repeated been advised by Windows not to click on email links, or attachments just like that. But most users have failed  to heed to the warning. Most users forget to be careful of links and attachment included within email messages, irrespective of the source. Clicking on different email links can corrupt Windows, infect other machines or destroy data within few minutes. It is advisable that users should scan  for virus on any email what so ever that comes in before clicking using professional anti malware apps.


Surf smart


Lots of business class anti malware apps always include browser plug-ins which helps protect against infections, phishing attacks( pages purport to serve a function when all they do is to steal personal, financial, or sensitive information) and similar issues.
Make sure preventive features like these are deployed and enabled always. Apart from when the plug-ins interfere with normal web browsing, users should make sure they are enabled.
Also users should never enter user account, personal, financial,or other sensitive information on any webpage they have not arrived yet. Hyperlinks contained within email messages often redirect users to fraudulent, fake and unauthorized websites. Users can help ensure that they arrive at the actual page they intend by entering web addresses manually.

With all this tips i provide you and you following them, you should not have a problem with your PC against spyware , malware or antivirus infections and other vulnerable attacks.

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