Firstly, what is a maleware? According to Wikipedia, Malware, short for malicious software, consists of programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, gain unauthorized access to system resources, and other abusive behavior.
Malware is abundant in cyberspace and more than likely, it’s trying to make its way to you. Applying the tips below can save you time, money and the pain of losing vital information.
1. Get a firewall. Firewall is a piece of computer software intended to prevent unauthorized access to system software or data. Firewall is a must have for every computer user.
You can also take advantage of online antivirus scanner like Panda security
3. Install Antimalware software. There are cases where a virus scanner may fail to detect a malware, hence the need for a malware scanner. I recommend great program such as SpywareBlaster. SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan and clean for malware, but prevents it from being installed in the first place.
***Make sure you don’t download and install any scanner present on this list . These scanners are blacklisted because of their questionable reputation.
***Never install more than one Antivirus and Firewall! Doing so may result to serious compatibility problems; it may also affect system performance and serious system slowdown.
4. Get an auto run killer. Many Malware auto run when inserted via the USB port. USB Disk Security will be of great help. It provides 100% protection against any threats via USB drive. You can get it here. Note free though.
5. Scan your PC on a regular basis. It is good practice to always scan regularly even when everything appears to be fine, since we may likely forget scanning regularly; it is advisable you set your Antivirus or AntiMaleware schedule scan to say once in a week.
6. Be watchful to what is going on with your computer. If you notice any unusual activity kindly run a thorough system checkup, surf the web for solutions or notify a software tech.
7. Use browsers that are less vulnerable to attacks. Browsers such as Firefox and Opera have been proven to be more secured that Internet explorer.
8. Set your Internet browser so that you are notified anytime a program attempts to download.
9. Download your applications and other files from only trust worthy source. Many a download links are packaged with a good deal of malware, so be vigilant.
10. Do not click on malicious links commonly found on social network website. For more insight on this read my post Facebook scam alert.
11. Do not click on unsolicited email: Especially scam mails send by unscrupulous social engineers. Your curiosity may be killing you, but don’t click on these emails. A single click may do the damage! Mailwasher is a free and great Anti-spam tool which gives you the option to view your mails on the server, sort them and delete the spam mails and other suspicious mails directly from the server without them downloading to your mailbox.
12. Always Update! Ensure that your Operating System, Antivirus, Firewall, Antimalware etc are always up to date. Updates help patch some vulnerable loop holes.
I hope you found this article useful. I wish you a happy surfing, stay safe.