How to Prevent Computer Virus

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Computer Virus and Malware | Tags: |

  1. Don’t use an administrator account. In Windows Control Panel, User Accounts, create a new user named “Admin”. Admin should be the only administrtive user. Change all other accounts including your own to non administrators. Malware can do a limited amount of damage if not running as admin. If you need to install anything, you will be prompted for Admin’s password. Think before you type that password in!
  2. Turn off Javascript and Flash support for untrusted sites. And NONE of them can be trusted!
  3. Ensure that Windows Automatic Updates are turned on and working.
  4. Don’t open email attachments, even from friends, unless you are expecting the attachment. When I was in the Navy, one of my coworkers got an email from our Commanding Officer with a subject of “I Love You”.  He opened the email and attachment. He felt really stupid when the computer had to be wiped and everything reinstalled. The funny thing is we had already been warned not to open any suspicous email. Why would he think the C.O. would tell him he loves him?
  5. Keep your Antivirus up to date. Malwarebytes is as good as or better than any of the other antivirus products.
  6. On social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook, think before you click. Advertisers work hard to entice you to click. That thoughtless click may get you an unwanted toolbar or browser hijack.
  7. Consider using a bootable CD-ROM like Puppy Linux to do your online banking. Any changes you make are lost each time you boot, so malware can’t remain after you reboot. Most malware these days exists to either send spam from your computer, or record your keystrokes when you log into your banking account.
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