Virus is a malicious software program known as “malware” which replicates itself while executed by copying its source code or infecting other computer programs by modifying them. A computer virus is like a flu virus, which spread from host to host and can replicate itself. A computer virus can be spread mainly through sharing of data and files from one PC to other or from the internet, when you download a file which has a virus attached to it. Viruses can easily get into your PC and affect the working of your PC mainly the data files in it or the “boot” sector in the hard disk.
How To Protect Your PC From Viruses Attacks
Today we are going to have a look at the various ways to protect your PC from such viruses. Let’s have a quick look at some of the basic steps:
- Backup your files regularly.
- Don’t click on links in e-mails or IM.
- Configure your IM applications correctly, so it does not open automatically when you start your PC.
- Enable ‘automatic windows updates.’
- Stay aware of viruses by checking sites like McAfee Labs Threat Center.
Now here are few things that you should focus to keep your PC safe from such threats.
1. Choose A Good Operating System
While you choose an operating software for your PC, you must select a good one based on its security and vulnerability. You must check if your operating software uses a limited user account and file permissions. Also, you have to update you have to update security an other software of your operating system. Linux has no known active viruses.
2. Choose A Safe Web Browser
Choosing a safe web browser is the must because most of the virus will come though via the internet. The good web browser provides the safety from the malware that has been put up on the internet just to affect your computer. Several analysts and crackers say that Google Chrome is better than other web browsers and has a sandbox option to ensure the safety of your PC and prohibit the spreading of viruses on your PC.
3. Use Trusted Sources
When you download any software for your PC, you must ensure that you are downloading it from a trusted source.Even if you want to download am anti-virus, you must download it from a source of confidence. Or if you are using Linux, then you must download from the repository.
4. Install Good Anti-virus Software
Antivirus software are designed to remove and block the entry of modern malware including viruses, trojans, keyloggers, rootkits and worms etc. Choose an antivirus software which provides the facility of real-time scanning, on-access or on-demand and also check if your antivirus software is heuristic. Avast is a very good free edition.
5. A Firewall
You should download and install a firewall on your PC. You can easily download ZoneAlarm or Comodo Firewall on your PC. If you use a router, then it gives an added layer of security to your PC by acting as a hardware firewall.
Wrap Up: Now, when you have read all of the things above, there won’t be any chances of viruses entering your PC. We hope that this information will be useful for making your PC safe of these threats. If your have any queries, let us know by typing your question in the comments below.