Keeping your computer virus free in today’s world seems to be a challenge. Your computer is always under attack from crackers from all over the world, each of them trying to take down your machine. The most common method used by them is injecting virus into your computer. So it becomes mandatory to keep your computer virus free.
Viruses are basically of two types, Boot sector virus and Program file virus. Boot sector virus infects the boot files of your computer which helps in the loading of operating system while Program File viruses are made to rest of the things like stealing data, sending cookies etc. So, here are some of the basic and extreme tips to keep your computer virus free. Check them out
1. Avoid USB Devices
One of the best things you can do to prevent viruses from entering your computer is by avoiding plugging in the USB devices. If you will plug-in an infected pendrive, then there are a lot of chances that the virus will enter your computer too. It’s not only the pendrive that can be the carrier of virus; things like mobile phones too can serve as carriers of viruses. So avoid plugging in any type of USB devices.
It’s not that you’re restricted to use any of the USB devices, but don’t insert any kind off USB disk drives that possesses risk to your computer. If you don’t have defender services or security essentials then better keep the USB device away from your computer’s port!
2. Good Antivirus Usage
Antivirus is the most important tool that can prevent viruses from entering your computer. If you will have a good quality antivirus then there will be maximum chances that it will detect the virus. A good quality antivirus even automatically detects the virus present on USB devices and removes it so that it doesn’t reach your computer. Antivirus is like a security guard who protects your computer from everything which posses any kind of threat to your computer.
Don’t go always with trial versions of Antivirus, as they come with limited features and specifications. Either go with Basic versions like AVG Internet Security which is free or else purchase a licensed copy of an Antivirus which will give the maximum protection to your computer from viruses. I recommend Quick Heal Total Security as it includes all the needed features and comes with Mobile Scan also.
3. Scan Emails
The most common method for sending virus internationally is through the internet. You might have seen some emails from people you even don’t know landing up in your inbox. Well, those are the spam emails which may have the links from where the virus can get loaded on your computer. So the best thing you can do to tackle such situations is to scan every email thoroughly. Some good antiviruses even scan every attachment you open up on your email so that your computer doesn’t get infected with the virus and you keep computing safely and happily.
4. Avoid Piracy
This might sound a bit “expensive” but if you want to stay secured you have to stop it. I know everyone loves to use the inexpensive pirated copies of original expensive softwares but let me aware you of the fact that those pirated copies may even have the virus in them. Piracy is a crime in almost every country but still Government isn’t taking serious steps against this. Piracy overshadows the work done by the original programmer.
Sometimes pirated content like softwares, compressed videos and songs, consists of malwares which infects your system once it gets opened. It simply create worms withing your computer which later on turns into virus until and unless they’re removed through an antivirus.
5. Stop Sharing
I know, people just loves sharing CDs, DVDs, Pendrives and other things but this thing can be dangerous too because if even one of the sharer’s computer has got the virus then it could be easily transmitted to the each computer used in the sharing network causing serious damage. So stop sharing before someone from you takes it to another level.
You can always advise your friends to scan any kind of external device before plugging into the system. This will reduce the risk of any virus threat for your computer. Sharing is caring. You can share your drives with everyone, but be sure that anytime the drive is being used by someone, he/she properly scans it before plugging in/out of the system!