A Collection of Tips to Prevent Malware Infections

A powerful anti-malware program is indeed PC users’ most important defense tool to prevent malware infection. However, it is not enough. Users also need a little common sense that will effectively help them avoid getting infected by malware.

 

  • Always be wary of unknown applications bundled with programs you actually want to use.
  • Before you download a file or application, be sure it is from a well-known site that you can trust.
  • Try not to download host illegal files, pirated software and copyright-infringing music or videos.
  • When installing an application, read all descriptions for the additional programs carefully.
  • Make sure all software installed on your PC are upated regularly, such as Adobe Reader or older versions of media players.
  • Avoid visting websites that provide pirated material or are full of suspicious pop-up ads.
  • When receive a suspicious pop-up window, close it without clicking anything inside it (including the X in the corner). Close the window via Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete).
  • Adjust your browser’s security settings to maximize its ability to prevent unwelcomed intrusions and be sure to keep it updated to the latest version.
  • Avoid clicking links to applications or “free online scans” in pop-up windows.
  • Never open attachments in emails from people or organizations you do not know personally or professionally or with whom you have business.
  • Before copying any files from external media to your PC, you should always scan them with a quality AV or anti-malware scanner.
  • Install both anti-virus and anti-malware applications that scan your Web traffic and drives for threats constantly.
  • Whether you are running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or any other OS, keep it up to date.
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