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GUIDE TO PREVENT YOUR COMPUTER ON VIRUSES


There is no 100% method of avoiding malware from accessing your computer, there are many things you can do to help prevent it.

1. Realize the harm that can be done.
Be sure to realize what is on your computer, and what harm can be done if it is exploited. This may include personal information such as: passwords to various sites, your bank account, e-mails, etc. Although the internet is a great tool to have access to, do not trust unsafe and harmful websites and downloads. My mindset is. "If I don't know why, who, and what I am receiving, don't download it." Viruses could be included in e-mail attachments, online downloads, and even flash drives. If you are unsure of something, ask here or look it up on Google. All in all, be very cautious of your activities, and use common sense.

2. Utilize an updated anti-virus program with frequent system scans.
"An antivirus (or anti-virus) software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Such programs may also prevent and remove adware, spyware, and other forms of malware".

Be sure you have an anti-virus running. This is one of the most crucial and effective ways to help keep your system running efficiently. I am not going into debate on which program to use, but be sure that it is reliable and safe. Ever so often, run a full system scan of your computer, and make sure that the program is updated. In doing so, your anti-virus will have updated definitions to help prevent new forms of malware that are released.
Some reputable anti-virus programs that I would recommend:
Avast!http://www.avast.com/index
Avirahttp://www.avira.com/
Nortonhttp://www.symantec.com/index.jsp
Kasperskyhttp://usa.kaspersky.com/
Esethttp://www.eset.com/
BitDefenderhttp://www.bitdefender.com/site/Downloads/

3. Make sure you have an effective firewall.
Firewalls are often times overlooked. Many think that the pre-installed firewall on your operating system will do the job, in which most cases it will, but it won't always be in protection. A great firewall that will closely monitor your inbound and outbound connections of your computer is Comodo Firewall. This program will block unauthorized access to any unknown connections, while permitting authorized communications.
Other firewall options:
ESET Smart Securityhttp://www.eset.com/home/smart-security
ZoneAlarm Firewallhttp://www.zonealarm.com/
Windows Firewallhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using...intro.mspx

4. Use a reliable, safe, and reputable web browser.
Where most users spend their time on the computer is browsing the web. In doing so, there are many opportunities to become infected if not careful. Although there are many, these are some of the most safe web browsers. Whichever you choose to use, make sure that it is reputable and backed up by numerous positive reviews. I suggest that you use safe and trusted web browsers, included are some:
Mozilla FirefoxOperaInternet Explorer.
  • Be sure that your web browser is also up-to-par with updates, as this can also prevent any exploits that may be present.
  • Also, set your internet browser so that you are notified whenever a program attempts to download a file.
  • Disable cookies. Although they are good sometimes, cookies can be used to track you down in the future. Turn them off to be safe.
5. Keep all of your programs updated.
Keeping all of your programs up-to-par will ultimately keep you safer from infection. Malware creators are always looking for vulnerabilities and exploits in programs. Updating these regularly could prevent that, keeping your system free of any viruses:
  • Windows Update
  • Java
  • Anti-virus Program
  • Firewall
  • Web Browser
  • Any other programs
6. Other programs that will help you keep safe.
  • CCleaner - CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
  • HijackThis - Scan your computer to find settings changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. Trend Micro HijackThis generates an in-depth report to enable you to analyze and fix your infected computer. You can even provide your logs here on Support Forums so trained professionals can analyze it. Visit the Virus Protection, Removals, and HJT Team section.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. Run it's full search, and it will most likely pick up any signs of form of malware and remove it. Great tool that everyone should have.
  • Sandboxie - Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer. All malicious files are trapped in the sandbox if downloaded in it, and can not spread to your computer.
  • SpywareBlaster - Spywareblaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs. SpywareBlaster can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system.
Online File Scanners are used to determine whether a file on your computer is malicious or not. These are great tools, and very effective, if you are not willing to download any further software:
Virus Total - http://www.virustotal.com/
Jotti's Malware Scan - http://virusscan.jotti.org/en
NoVirusScan - http://vscan.novirusthanks.org/
VirSCAN - http://virscan.org/
VirusCheif - http://www.viruschief.com/

9 comments:

  1. I often use that hijackthis, and any antivirus will work if it just updated
    From wala to okay
    Raketer Mama
    Fit and Fashion Mom

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  2. expired na ang anti virus ko .need ko na ulit ng bago .meron akong norton 360 .i dont know kung maganda ba ito .mamaya ko ilagay. thanks for the tips

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  3. huh I'm allergic to that viruses. Still I don't update my anti-virus !! hhmmm i don't even know if my firewall is still working .. this is a good alarm for me !!

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  4. thanks for this very useful post. Been using Avira since my kaspersky lincense expired. It really pays to have some sort of protection for all your files... nice article and indeed useful too.

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  5. I really need this. Thank you so much. I keep on reformatting my laptop. Good that I already have back ups of my files. :) -from SiningFactory.com

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  6. I also use ccleaner and hijckthis as long as in HJT you know the one that you will remove. I also use superantispyware which is free
    Fit and Fashion Mom
    From wala to okay
    Raketer Mama

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  7. I always use noob killer, and avast to remove virus infections.

    Keeping ourselves safe from viruses should not depend on the use of these softwares. We are still in control on how these softwares can prevent our PCs from getting infected.

    I had a client who had me installed and cleaned their home PC several times only to find out that one of his kids turns the protection off when he goes online. I never went back to fix their PC after that.

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  8. Thanks!

    I personally use Kaspersky. I don't care if I needed to pay for it because it's efficient and the best anti-virus program around.

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  9. i am satisfied with avira free av, i also use different utilities in my pc maintainance :)

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