How to protect your computer

Many antivirus vendors are trying to convince people that the installation of their product on your computer automatically means complete security against all types of viruses, but this claim is not true. Even acquiring a decent anti-virus program, the user must adhere to certain rules of conduct on the Internet. In this article, we will tell you about what you should not do on the Internet, how to identify malicious sites and even more. Protection measures can be divided into several categories, and we will discuss them all.

Downloading files, programs and media content

Almost all viruses use other software and media files to infiltrate a user's computer. Viral file can have the name of the useful program or viral file can be attached to the installation files of any programs and games. The only 100% effective way to protect yourself from this threat - to use the licensed paid content, as in the case of free software - to download it only from the official site of developers. If you, for some reason, are downloading the program from an untrusted source - you should check the downloaded file with antivirus software and follow the installation process, carefully selecting the installation option "partial", "advanced" installation or "installation for experienced users".

Visiting sites

Some sites distribute adware and viruses by exposing them publicly available. It is impossible to accurately detect malicious site as long as you do not get the virus from it, but some types of websites spread the malicious software more often than others. These sites belong to such categories as:

 

  • Porn websites
  • On-line casinos
  • Websites of financial pyramids, or the ones that offer the incredibly fast earnings
  • Websites of browser games
  • Free file-sharing resources

In the case of sharing services, viruses can be spread intentionally, on the initiative of the owners of the site, and accidentally, due to lack of content inspection, exhibited in open access. In addition, if you have an antivirus installed, and you use a good browser, when you visit untrusted or malicious sites you will receive a warning in the form of pop-up window.

E-mail

E-mail is often used to spread viruses, for the reason that there are many free services, the creation of a mailbox on which, do not require any verification, and user information is not checked. Thus, an attacker can send thousands of messages with attached viruses, and remain unpunished. To protect yourself from this threat, it is necessary to pay attention to the senders of letters, and do not open all the letters in a row. First - do not open the emails that are sent by an unknown people, especially if the email contains an attachment. Many viruses attempt to trick the user, sending you spam in form of messages from government agencies such as the police or the tax department, the postal service and so on. Quite often, the letters come from the name of well-known online stores such as eBay, Amazon and AliExpress. If you get suchlike letter - go to the official website of the structure, on whose behalf the message was sent, and check the address from which such messages must come. Government structures, as well as support services of well-known sites and companies don’t use the public free mailboxes such as Gmail, Yahoo, and others. All messages containing attached files should be opened with help of "sandbox" programs to prevent penetration of the virus.

How to recognize the unwanted program

The last part of the article is devoted to another important issue: very often users download unwanted programs by themselves. Most often these are the promotional programs, such as adware, browser hijackers or fake software. To prevent contamination by these programs, you should remember a few rules:

  • Before you download a new antivirus, browser, media player, audio or video converter or other similar programs, visit its official site or forums on the topic, and learn is this program as good, as indicated in its description.
  • Carefully read the proposed functions of the program, and think about whether they are useful. Many advertising and fake programs offer features that for many years are present in browsers, antiviruses, or are parts of the basic functionality of known sites or social networks.
  • Never download programs that promise you "improved", "fast" or "safe" search for anything on the Internet. All of these features are the sign of promotional programs and their usefulness is not possible to check or track in any way. Also, programs that promise to help you in finding good bargains, discounts, promotions, sales, and unique offerings are also the advertising.
  • Never use the services of obscure search engines that offer any "very useful" functions. Creating a search engine and ensure its operation requires a multi-billion dollar cost and daily labor of tens of thousands of employees, so that the company that suddenly decides to create a new search engine should be very well-known and influential. If you've never heard of any search engine - it means, most likely, it is a fake that uses the power of Google search to spread hype.

Finally, the easiest and most reliable way to know whether or not to install any program - is to enter its name in the browser with the word "remove". If in the search results you will see the pages from the official website of program’s developers, which describe the removal process - the program does not present a hazard. If you see a long list of articles that talk about how to get rid of this program - just open a few of them, and read about the program. There you will find all the information which is necessary to decide is this program useful or not.

 

 

 

 

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