Malware-Virus Prevention

10 Step Guide To Stopping Malware / Virus Infection

So on a Windows computer how do you stop being infected and make it a good experience 

  1. Keep your operating system up to date, Windows updates do not happen by themselves , you need to check – if you are running Windows XP , good luck as it is not supported by Microsoft anymore 
  2. Windows optional updates are sometimes not optional , check and install them
  3. Keep Java up to date ( if you have it ) , Java updates will remind you , do not ignore them 
  4. Keep your Adobe Reader up to date, Adobe updates may not happen by themselves , you need to check
  5. Keep your Adobe Flash up to date, Adobe updates may not happen by themselves , you need to check
  6. Do not click links in emails, if you don’t think it was meant for you it probably wasn’t
  7. Don’t click ads in browsers and if installing extensions or add-ons in browsers , do some research before installing them , most of the time you will not need them.
  8. Consider if you need to run as an Administrator , (you don’t ) , think about being a standard user where you need to add in a password to install anything 
  9. Understand that there is no mystery program that will speed up , repair , aid , help , clean your computer 
  10. Make sure you have installed a good antivirus program and scan on a regular basis, it may help you if you have not done any of the above , for a paid one I recommend NOD32 and for any computer running Windows 7 or Vista , Microsoft Security Essentials and remember Windows 8 has it built in with Windows Defender.

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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