How To Keep Your Computer Virus Free

How To Keep Your Computer Virus Free



How To Keep Your Computer Virus Free
As you are aware,​ vandals are at​ work creating new computer viruses all the​ time .​
We mostly hear about the​ big,​ awful,​ scary viruses on​ the​ news and we​ hurry to​ take the​ appropriate action,​ but the​ large majority of​ infections are quiet and anonymous .​
We should give these little termites no less attention as​ often time they are doing much damage before they are even detected .​
Their effects run from mostly benign to​ potentially fatal to​ their unwilling and unwitting hosts .​
There are two different approaches to​ dealing with them: Prevention and Cure .​
Preventing virus infection begins with guarding the​ portals of​ contact .​
Do not open suspicious e-mails or​ attachments without scanning them first .​
Most anti-virus programs have a​ right-click option to​ scan a​ selected file for viruses,​ which makes scanning easy .​
When you download software,​ eBooks or​ other items,​ always save to​ a​ file,​ then scan the​ file before opening .​
If you bring in​ data or​ software by floppy disk,​ CD or​ other portable media,​ the​ same rule applies; always scan it​ first!
Getting a​ good firewall can help in​ keeping viruses at​ bay,​ but there are too many ways to​ hide them in​ regular data or​ software transfers for a​ firewall to​ catch them all .​
a​ firewall can help,​ but don't count on​ that alone .​
Sooner or​ later,​ viruses are going to​ get through your defenses somehow,​ and you will need to​ turn to​ cures .​
When and if​ that day comes,​ you could lose most of​ your files before you know that there is​ a​ problem! So prepare well in​ advance by backing up your files for easy recovery .​
Set up your computer with a​ small hard drive (4-10giga) for your C: drive and a​ much larger hard drive for all your data .​
Use your C: drive for programs only .​
Keep copies of​ your software purchase receipts,​ registration and activation codes and setup info in​ a​ file on​ your data drive .​
You can always download them again,​ if​ you can give the​ seller your purchase info to​ show that you already bought .​
Almost all virus infections will be in​ the​ program section of​ the​ C: drive,​ so scan it​ daily .​
This won't take much time since you have arranged for it​ to​ be relatively small .​
Then scan your (larger)data drive once or​ twice a​ month .​
Back up your data files frequently .​
If you cannot backup everything,​ at​ least backup the​ crucial information that would be difficult or​ impossible to​ replace .​
CD and DVD burners are a​ good way to​ do this backup,​ as​ are removable hard driv es .​
You require a​ good anti-virus programs to​ go after the​ viruses and either quarantine or​ (preferably) destroy them .​
There are many anti-virus solutions being touted and hyped out there .​
Some are good,​ most are not .​
Here is​ how to​ find the​ good ones:
1 .​
Look for programs that offer both active and passive protection .​
Active protection means that part of​ the​ program remains memory-resident,​ actively watching for potential incoming viruses .​
When they detect a​ virus they can sound an​ alarm and give you a​ series of​ options for dealing with it .​
Passive or​ on-demand protection will let you ask for a​ scan of​ specified areas when you want it,​ but it​ waits for you to​ ask .​
2 .​
Select your anti-virus software based on​ the​ recommendations of​ independent testing agencies .​
Checkmark (by westcoastlabs.org),​ AV-test.org and PC World magazine are among the​ most respected independent testers of​ anti-virus software .​
For ratings of​ anti-trojan software,​ check with Anti-trojan - Forum .​
Use more than one anti-virus and anti-trojan program .​
Very few detect all problems,​ but what one program misses,​ another may seek and destroy.
3 .​
Keep your anti-virus programs up to​ date .​
There is​ a​ running battle going on​ between virus writer-disseminators and virus catch-and-destroy experts .​
New viruses are found; new anti-virus program patches to​ find and destroy them are usually ready within hours or​ days .​
Until your software is​ updated,​ you are still vulnerable to​ the​ new viruses .​
Consider using anti-virus software on​ your personal computer,​ consider using an​ Internet Service Provider or​ e-mail service that includes server-side anti-virus and spam e-mail filtering as​ a​ third layer of​ protection .​
In summary,​ the​ urgency was best said by Eugene Kaspersky,​ Kaspersky Lab Virus Research,​ in​ a​ November 23,​ 2005 article posted in​ Security News,​ said,​ the​ number of​ new viruses and Trojans is​ now increasing every day by a​ few hundred .​
(Our) virus lab receives between 200 and 300 new samples a​ day .​
That is​ not a​ misprint .​
He said 200-300 per day so we​ must be sure to​ keep ourselves aware and make the​ necessary changes in​ a​ timely manner to​ stay ahead of​ these viruses .​
Be assured,​ it​ is​ an​ ongoing battle!
So,​ get good software,​ run it​ often and update it​ often. .​
stay alert to​ new developments! the​ struggle between new viruses and better anti-virus software is​ ongoing,​ and developing steadily.




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