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How To Keep Your Computer Safe From Viruses

Introduction If you are a computer user, you are most likely aware of the large number of viruses that are out there. All it takes is just one time, one wrong move, and then you are completely infected. And depending on the severity of the virus, it can cause you to lose everything. It can cause you to pay hundreds of dollars in repairs. It can cause you more problems than you think. So how can you keep safe? How can you keep your computer secure and safe from getting infected with nasty viruses? Below are three very simple ways to keep safe from viruses. #1. Do Not Open Attachments from People You Don't Know This one is huge! One of the most common ways that computers get infected is by a user opening attachments form people that they don't know. A virus can be embedded with just about anything these days. Whether it be a Word document, a PowerPoint slide show... even a text file. Literally anything can have a virus embedded in the file. If you receive an email from someone that you do not know, especially if it has an attachment, then don't open it. It really is as simple as that. Why take the risk of infecting your computer with a virus? #2. Do Not Download Files from Untrustworthy Sites This is another big one. Never download files from untrustworthy sites. If a download box comes up asking if would you like to download some file, and you have no idea where the download came from and do not recognize the site it is coming from, then don’t download the file. Downloading the file will put your computer at a huge risk. Chances are, if a download box comes up and you have no idea where it came from and have no idea what site it is from, it is most likely a virus. Again, do not take the chance of infecting your computer or PC with a nasty virus. #3. Watch Out for Fake "Anti-Virus" Scanners I am shocked by how complex and advanced pop-ups are these days. A very common problem that people are starting to see more and more of is a pop-up that looks like their computer. The pop-up usually takes the whole screen, so it looks like it is your actual computer. Then the pop-up "scans" your computer and comes back with some bogus message that you're infected with 40 different viruses. Then they give you the option to remove it. All this happens in the pop-up. What's happening is that this pop-up is making you believe your computer is infected. They ask "Do you want us to remove these infections?". Of course most people would say "Yes" and then the download box comes up. They obviously accept the download because they want to get rid of the viruses. But what they don't know is that they are actually infecting themselves by downloading that fake anti-virus. Just be on the lookout for these type of pop-ups. Fake anti-virus scanner pop-ups are getting more and more common. Don't fall for them now that you know what to look out for. #4. Updating anti-virus software Updating your anti-virus program is a very important task that should be carried out regularly. Anti-virus programs are only fully efficient when they are current. Most antivirus programs are usually provided with complete protection for an entire year free-of-charge. When your subscription is almost finished your antivirus software will still be functional but you will need to pay a fee in order to get additional updates and ensure that your antivirus software remains current. You can purchase the requisite protection for an entire year or more. By doing this you can make sure that your protection can cope with the latest attacks just as they are being released. Keeping your computer safe from viruses and infections doesn't have to be hard. You just need to know what to look out for. Hopefully this article has helped you to keep your computer safe from viruses. © TopComputerDocs

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Introduction If you are a computer user, you are most likely aware of the large number of viruses that are out there. All it takes is just one time, one wrong move, and then you are completely infected. And depending on the severity of the virus, it can cause you to lose everything. It can cause you to pay hundreds of dollars in repairs. It can cause you more problems than you think. So how can you keep safe? How can you keep your computer secure and safe from getting infected with nasty viruses? Below are three very simple ways to keep safe from viruses. #1. Do Not Open Attachments from People You Don't Know This one is huge! One of the most common ways that computers get infected is by a user opening attachments form people that they don't know. A virus can be embedded with just about anything these days. Whether it be a Word document, a PowerPoint slide show... even a text file. Literally anything can have a virus embedded in the file. If you receive an email from someone that you do not know, especially if it has an attachment, then don't open it. It really is as simple as that. Why take the risk of infecting your computer with a virus? #2. Do Not Download Files from Untrustworthy Sites This is another big one. Never download files from untrustworthy sites. If a download box comes up asking if would you like to download some file, and you have no idea where the download came from and do not recognize the site it is coming from, then don’t download the file. Downloading the file will put your computer at a huge risk. Chances are, if a download box comes up and you have no idea where it came from and have no idea what site it is from, it is most likely a virus. Again, do not take the chance of infecting your computer or PC with a nasty virus. #3. Watch Out for Fake "Anti-Virus" Scanners I am shocked by how complex and advanced pop- ups are these days. A very common problem that people are starting to see more and more of is a pop-up that looks like their computer. The pop-up usually takes the whole screen, so it looks like it is your actual computer. Then the pop-up "scans" your computer and comes back with some bogus message that you're infected with 40 different viruses. Then they give you the option to remove it. All this happens in the pop-up. What's happening is that this pop-up is making you believe your computer is infected. They ask "Do you want us to remove these infections?". Of course most people would say "Yes" and then the download box comes up. They obviously accept the download because they want to get rid of the viruses. But what they don't know is that they are actually infecting themselves by downloading that fake anti-virus. Just be on the lookout for these type of pop-ups. Fake anti-virus scanner pop-ups are getting more and more common. Don't fall for them now that you know what to look out for. #4. Updating anti-virus software Updating your anti-virus program is a very important task that should be carried out regularly. Anti-virus programs are only fully efficient when they are current. Most antivirus programs are usually provided with complete protection for an entire year free-of-charge. When your subscription is almost finished your antivirus software will still be functional but you will need to pay a fee in order to get additional updates and ensure that your antivirus software remains current. You can purchase the requisite protection for an entire year or more. By doing this you can make sure that your protection can cope with the latest attacks just as they are being released. Keeping your computer safe from viruses and infections doesn't have to be hard. You just need to know what to look out for. Hopefully this article has helped you to keep your computer safe from viruses. © TopComputerDocs
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