ComTech: IT Support Stirling

How not to get a virus

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Lately I am seeing more and more people coming to me with a virus on their systems.  After some basic checking I then find out that they have not carried out basic maintenance which would stop them getting a virus in the first place.  Follow the tips below to reduce the chances of getting a virus.

1. Install antivirus and make sure it is working.  The antivirus I would recommend for either home or business is Bit Defender.  I use this on all my own systems and my clients and am very impressed by it.

2. Make sure your version of windows has all the relevant updates installed.

3. Do not open emails from anyone you don’t recognise.  Most viruses come through emails and the moment you open it your system becomes comprimised.

4. Switch to a more secure web  browser.  Your browser is your first line of defence when a virus tries to attack your system from the internet.  Do yourself a favour and switch from Internet Explorer to either Firefox of Chrome.

5. When online be careful of which sites you visit.  Do not go to a site you don’t recognise.

6. Switch from Windows to Linux.  About 90% of viruses are written for Windows and the rest for Mac.  Linux has no known virus issues and is inherently a more secure operating system.

7. Be very careful when downloading torrents.  The websites most torrents reside on can be a haven for viruses.  If you do download a torrent then run a full scan the minute the download is finished.

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