Steps To Follow For An Infection Free Computer

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

NUMBER 1 – Update 

  • Check for updates for your operating system on a regular basis
  • Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately
  • Microsoft issue updates throughout the month so check once a month – you can find Windows update in the control panel for pre-Windows 10 computers or in settings on Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Windows 10 and 11 will ensure that updates are done – updates not working, you may be infected

NUMBER 2 – Software

  • Update your software – run modern versions such as Office 365
  • Remove ” old software”

NUMBER 3 – Email 

  • Viruses and Malware will more often than not come from someone you know.
  • Don’t open email attachments unless you know that the person sending it to you , really sent it. Email attachments are the number one way that viruses and malware can get onto your computer
  • Beware of zip files – do not open them unless you are 100% certain they have been sent from a known reliable source
  • Don’t click links in e-mails.
    • You could be taken to a phishing site and this may lead you to install malicious software. You should copy and paste the link into your browser or type the link into your browser.
  • Switch to a web based e-mail program such as Gmail / which will scan your emails before they arrive on your computer.
  • Gmail is probably the best solution on grabbing spam if you are having spam issues with your current email provider

NUMBER 4 – Browsing The Internet

  • You should browse the Internet with the latest editions of browsers Google Chrome , Edge , Firefox ,
  • Check that the updates for these browsers are being installed and learn how to check that you have the latest editions
  • Turn off notifications in your browsers

NUMBER 5 – Ads On Websites

  • Block ads when browsing the internet – if you can
  • Install Adblock from the Google Chrome store

NUMBER 6 – Downloading Files 

  • You should only download files from places you know are absolutely safe.
  • The use of file sharing software often means you will download Malware and Trojans 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.
  • Beware of downloading ” Free ” software as most sites that host ” free ” software are a hotbed for malware infections

NUMBER 7 – The Antivirus 

  • Have an antivirus solution, the FREE one I recommend is Defender for Windows 10 and 11
  • However Norton , Trend are just fine to use

Number 8 – Behaviour

  • Look at what you are doing and when in doubt – think before you click
  • Remember if you get infected it really is your fault.

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