Prevent Viruses, Spyware and Malware from Getting on Your PC

There are a lot of different how-to articles, tutorials and online guides for getting rid of a computer virus or spyware. The better place to focus, though, is this: why do these things get on your computer in the first place, and how can you prevent them from getting there?

As a computer technician, I can tell you that although we can repair the damage done by these nasty pieces of software, there is only one thing that can prevent them: you. Yes, an anti-virus program, or other protection tool might save you from getting infected, but only you can prevent that virus, for example, from coming in the first place! Install the application: spy app

So, here are some simple rules you can follow to keep your computer virus and spyware free. Some of them you may have heard before; don’t dismiss them just because of that, though. If you’ve heard this advice somewhere else, too, then it’s probably even more important to follow it! And now, on to the list:

Only download software from Web sites that you trust. Reputable sources are out there, that will check the software for viruses and spyware, before they even allow people to download it.

Read carefully the Terms, or License that come along with any software that you download. (You know that big long thing that nobody reads? Read it! It’s all right if you don’t understand it all.) Also, watch what happens during the installation very carefully, and if the software wants to install something else too, especially if it is a “toolbar” or “helper,” do not trust this. If you see no way out, close / cancel the entire installation.

When it comes to e-mail, it’s simple: if you don’t know the person that sent you an e-mail, or why they sent you an e-mail, delete the e-mail without even opening it. This is especially true if there is some sort of attachment on it. Question everything: “Why would someone I don’t know need to send me a file? That makes no sense at all!”

Don’t open an e-mail attachment, from anyone, unless you absolutely have to. Yes, I did just say “from anyone.” And the reason for that is this: if someone else’s computer is infected with a virus, it may be sending e-mail to everyone on that person’s Contact List, or in their e-mail Address Book, without them even knowing it. It’s much better to take a moment to ask the person about it first, and get the OK from them, than it is to try and save that moment, and wind up with a computer virus.

Do not give your password to a company due to an e-mail request, via e-mail. Why would they ask for your password? They already have it!

Do not open a session with your bank, or with any Web site that has your financial information, by clicking on a link in an e-mail. A link can go somewhere other than the place that it says. Always open a new browser window, and type the address in yourself.

If opening a file requires your password, or permission to run, stop for a moment, and think about whether you should give it out. You shouldn’t need to do this for a picture, for a song, for a simple text document, or letter. If you do, then don’t open them! Click here to read more: spy app

Use your up-to-date anti-virus software to scan every file that you download before you open it. Two seconds doing this is much better than hours fixing the damage.

If you are using an account on your computer that has Administrator privileges, you shouldn’t be. You should create an account that doesn’t have administrative rights, and use it instead. If you are unsure how to do this, ask a qualified computer professional for assistance.

Do not trust any Web site, online entity, or person that you don’t know. In other words, instead of trusting until you have reason not to, do not trust until you have a reason to. If you don’t know if a website is safe, don’t go to it. If you don’t know if a piece of software is safe, don’t install it. If you don’t know if an email is safe, don’t open it.

That’s that! Following these 10 simple rules can keep your computer free of viruses and spyware. Just one final tip, though; keep learning what you can do to protect your computer on the Internet. No software can protect you as much as common sense can!