10 easy tips to help you avoid getting a virus

by Jason Davies on March 11, 2010

I know most of you are looking for ways to cut down on the amount of computer virus problems in your life. I wrote up this short top ten list of ideas that are most helpful in preventing a computer virus from attacking and hope you will find them as helpful as my clients do.

  • ALT + F4 is your best friend when you spot something random
    • When you press ALT + F4, you instantly close an open window. This can help stop an intruding program before it can attack.
  • Remember that antivirus software works similar to the flu shot
    • If you do not update your software regularly, you are vulnerable to future attacks.
  • Check and Verify
    • A friend may know more about the computer than you know, but call an expert when in doubt and verify the right answer.
  • Turn off auto pilot
    • Do not randomly click on things because of impatience. Read first, and then click.
  • Just because a popup says you have a virus, doesn’t mean you do
    • Many programs attempt to fool you into clicking them and act upon your emotion
  • Know your antivirus software by name
    • If you know the name of your antivirus software, you will be less tempted to click on something claiming to be software that you do not have.
  • Know¬†your limitations
    • If you make the wrong decision, shut off your computer and call for help. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Stay up to date
    • Antivirus software offers virus definition updates; most antivirus programs do not include version updates.
  • Keep your firewall hot
    • A firewall can help prevent the wrong data from coming into your PC or MAC. Check for firmware updates with the vendor. ¬†Firmware is software inside the firewall that keeps it running well.
  • Use passwords when possible
    • A password-protected pc is a more difficult target.

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Nancy Menn April 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Thanks, Jason, for these helpful tips.

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