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How To Keep Your Computer Safe From Viruses

by Hector Meyer

With modern technology, we rely more on the internet for many things, whether that is for online banking, communicating with friends or managing business. With so many things requiring the internet these days, keeping ourselves protected from viruses is critical, as viruses can expose our personal information and corrupt our computer systems. To maximize your security and to help prevent viruses from crawling in your system, there are things you will want to do, such as the following:

Manually Scan Your Computer:

Even though you may have your virus protection software to be programmed to run a scan once a week, this may not perform a deep virus scan, but just a quick scan on your most used folders. Viruses can crawl into your system in the most random part of your hard drive, which is why it is important to manually perform a full virus scan on your entire hard drive. This will not only scan your most used folders but your system files as well. This will allow you to be informed of any infections that your computer may have, so you can quarantine viruses immediately to stop it from spreading to other locations in your hard drive.

Scan Specific Download Files:

Whenever you download a file online, whether it is a PDF document for your work or a personal attachment that a friend has sent you through an email, you may want to double check to see if these files contain viruses. Your friends may not intentionally send you viruses, but if their computer is infected and they don't know it, then they could potentially be sending these viruses infections in with their email attachment. So, just to be sure, always target your virus software to scan any files you download so you can be sure they are clean of viruses before you open them.

Update Your Antivirus Program Frequently:

New viruses are created every day by someone trying to take advantage of a computer that is not secure. This means that you have to update your antivirus program regularly to ensure that your virus software is capable of detected these new viruses. So, rather than just assume your software will find the latest and most harmful viruses, be sure that you manually update your program on a regular basis.

Taking advantage of services and features like these, you will be able to help make your computer less of a threat to internet viruses, which won't only keep your personal information safe but this will allow your computer to run more efficiently. This will help speed the performance of your computer, as you won't harm your system files with infections, which will ensure your computer performs properly.

For more information, contact Microworx or a similar company.