By Yogesh Sharma who works at Systweak Software.
Virus threats are emerging countlessly affecting users around the world. These threats are coming with new names and formats retaining their original identity of system destroyer. These threats affect systems and cause a threat to data on it. 2017 have alone seen multiple virus attacks in different forms and intensities affecting users worldwide. The idea behind writing a malicious code is to cause data breach and spread some sense of insecurity. Even in some cases like ransomware people need to pay hefty sums to get their data back.
There are certain steps that you can follow to avoid negative effects of virus attacks. In this article, we have discussed 10 ways to protect your system from virus threats.
Keep Firewall On: Firewall is designed to protect your system and create a virtual wall between your system and data coming from the Internet. It blocks all malicious codes spreading through the Internet and cause damage to your system. Check if you have updated version of firewall and it is ON. You can find Windows Firewall settings under Control Panel.
Get anti-malware program: This is a quick fix to all your virus-related worries. Try to install best anti-malware software on your system to avoid all existing and latest virus threats. Anti-malware software runs in a background to keep a tab on all activities on your system and avoid any virus attack. These tools work on advanced techniques and use powerful search engines to find and remove all malicious threats.
Keep system up-to-date: Try to keep system software and all apps on your system up-to-date to avoid any sort of security breach. All software updates bring certain bug fixes, security patches and performance enhancement features thus keeping software up-to-date will help you avoid security breach by attackers. It is also helpful because malware coders easily infect your system with known security loop holes in your system software.
Install pop-up blocker: Windows offers pop-up settings under Internet Options which allow you to allow or block pop-ups on your system. This simple setting can help you avoid unnecessary pop-ups and accidental clicking on them. You can also use third-party pop-up blocker tools.
Avoid suspicious attachments: Phishing scams and many virus threats are spread through attachments in emails sent to you. These attachments come in the form of executable files like .exe files and once you open and run these files they start affecting your system. Thus, you should avoid clicking on attachments sent from unknown sources to you.
Avoid suspicious links: Similar to suspicious attachments try not to click on suspicious and other links sent to you by unknown sources. Also, avoid clicking on random links to open dangerous websites that may cause system breach or data loss. Many times, it happens when malware coders masquerade fake and dangerous websites as real one, thus you should double check the link you are about to click. Even when browsing on your system make sure you are sifting through right and safe links.
Safe downloading: Prefer to download data or apps only from known and reliable sources. When you are trying to download some data or app from third-party manufacturer check ratings and make sure it is not harmful to your system. Even when updating apps or software make sure you are on right source.
Be careful with external media: If you are trying to view, download or watch something from external media like CD, floppy drive, USB drive etc. be extra careful. Know the source from where the external media has reached to you and make sure there is no virus threat on running this media. Try to scan the external media with anti-virus software on your system before you open file to avoid any threat.
Disconnect from network: Despite putting all measures in place if your system has been affected with virus then first thing you should do is to disconnect your system from network. This simple step will avoid further spread of this malicious code. It is especially useful when you are on shared system or on network system. Once you disconnect your system from network, malicious code will stop connecting from its main servers to spread malicious code further.
Ask for professional help: If your system is affected by virus and you have no clue where to start from then you can consider looking for help from security professionals. They can help you find and remove all malware threat from your system to avoid possible data breach. Additionally, they can also help you to understand avoid security breach in future.
Conclusion: Following some basics of system security while using your computer you can avoid grave threat of virus attack and data loss. We have discussed both basic & advanced steps in this article to avoid security threat to your system. These steps may not only help you protect your system but it also helps you improve your system performance.
Summary: Following some basic security tips on your system you can avoid security threats considerably. In this article, we have discussed top 10 tips to protect your system from virus threats.