There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that cool video you downloaded from the internet and sent to all your friends, actually had a Trojan embedded inside it. You probably lost a few friends and a lot of money as well. Viruses, spyware, and malware run rampant on the web and hackers are getting better at disguising them. The only way to make sure that you will never get a virus is to never get on the internet. Did you just laugh? Most people would, everyone is on the internet now days. Let’s look at some tips that will keep you somewhat safe from viruses, although no plan is foolproof.
Use good antivirus software that comes from a reputable manufacturer. Be sure you operating system are up-to date so that the antivirus software runs efficiently. If your operating system is not up-to date, your software may not pick up all viruses. The best way to do this is run updates regularly or set your computer to run automatic updates for both your system and the software.
Avoid downloads from sites you are not familiar with or that offer products that are questionable. Stay away from sites that offer you a product for free that you would normally have to pay for. Never download software from the internet that you are unfamiliar with. Avoid clicking on the cute ads that ask you to play a game to win a prize, like the shoot the ducks ad.
We hear this one every day, do not open any email if you do not know who sent it or if it looks questionable. It is good advice. You know the saying, “Curiosity killed the cat”? Well curiosity could certainly kill your computer or at the very least injure it. So if you are in doubt, just do not open the email.