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
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
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.