10 Steps To Preventing A Virus / Malware Infection

10 Steps For A Virus Free Computer

How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired be-
cause you have become infected with viruses and malware ?
Infection from virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIORAL rules.

Remember if you get infected it is your fault not your computer’s.

The first point to remember is that running antivirus software will not prevent you
getting a virus.
Antivirus software is there in the hope that once you have a virus on your computer
it will be able to remove it.

Here are 10 points to follow that should mean an infection free computer


Update your operating system regularly.
Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately.

Check optional updates on a regular basis , they can in some cases trigger off critical


Update your software.

PDF readers , Office , Flash , Java

Adobe are responsible for numerous infections unless patched , there are settings in Adobe now where you can set automatic updates for their products.

If in doubt with Adobe , download a new version from Adobe , Click here

Java can be updated from the link in the control panel icon or from Java  


Don’t open email attachments unless you know that the person sending it to you ,really sent it.

Viruses will more often than not come from someone you know.

Email attachments are the number one way that viruses , trojan horses and malware
can get onto your computer.


Make sure HTML in e-mail is turned off as just by previewing these e-mails you can
be infected especially if your computer is not fully patched ( You have not done all necessary windows updates)


Don’t click links in e-mails.

You could be taken to a phising site or this may lead you to install malicious soft-

You should copy and paste the link into your browser or type the link into your

HTML e-mail can hide the actual destination of that link so this is another reason to
turn off HTML in your email.


You should only download files from places you know are absolutely safe.

The use of file sharing software often means you will download spy ware and Tro-
jans without knowing.

If you download files you should quarantine them in a folder and then scan them a
few days later with an updated antivirus software.


Have a firewall.
Your broadband router is the best firewall

You should also make sure that in Windows XP , Vista and Windows 7 the firewall is
turned on.

The firewall should be on by default in Windows 8

There is no need to buy a firewall solution


You should browse the Internet with the latest editions of browsers Firefox ,Internet
Explorer 8 (IE9) or Google Chrome


Switch to a web based e mail program such as G Mail which will scan your emails before they arrive on your computer


The last thing is to have an antivirus program

The 2 I recommend are Microsoft Security Essentials if you are after a free solution that works well.

If you after a paid solution then use Nod32 from ESET

These are programs which run quietly in the background without taking over your
computer .

I do not recommend anything from Symantec , McAfee , Kaspersky as they are
overkill and can and do result in slowdown of your computer.

Remember if you get infected it really is your fault.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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