You may have heard about a scam that starts from a phone call. You will get a call and they say that we are a company which is working for several of its client to remove viruses from your computer. They will charge a fee and they will start working for you. The company starts removing viruses from your PC in fact they install them when you give them your credit card number and access to your PC.
Federal Trade Commission cracked down a scam that was charging the clients a fee of $49 to $450 to delete viruses and malware. They made money from tens of thousands of users to remove viruses.
But you can protect your PC with some easy steps. Here are the malware protection tips and tricks for all computer users.
1 – Use USB Devices Very Carefully
Most of the viruses are spread by the USB devices when the autorun option is not turned off. Try to make a habit to turn off the auto run when you install a new Windows on your PC. It is very important and many of malwares run with USB and autorun combination. Use USB Disk Security software as a firewall for the USB devices. It removes the viruses or blocks them to function. WinRaR can be used to access the USB drives to not allow viruses to install.
2 – Change .exe extension on Your PC
It is a very good habit to change the “.exe” extension of all of the exe files on your PC such as “.exe1” etc. It will protect your exe files from worms (virus of worm type) to attach.
3 – Regularly Update Your Software
It is very important to keep your software up to date as all the major companies keep on giving updates to fix the flaws and bugs that a hacker can use. Microsoft and Oracle are the big examples of the companies that are constantly updating their software packages. Oracle has released updates for its Java software recently and Microsoft provides updates for Windows almost every month.
4 – Do not click on Links within Emails
Make a habit of not to click on the links in the emails that are sent by an unknown person. So only click on the links that you know are from a know resource as Microsoft said that 44.8 percent of Windows users are affected by the viruses when they click on something.
5 – Use Antivirus
There are many free antivirus software available to use. The best and most reliable are Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast. I personally use Microsoft’s security essential for my PC. It is not that heavy and it keeps on receiving updates.
6 – Back up Your Data
Keep on backing up your data regularly to deal with data loss problem. I had lost my all data because of a swear virus attack on my PC. So I personally recommend you to keep a backup of that data which is important to you. You can backup your data in an external hard drive or online with Google Drive etc.
7 – Use a Strong Password
Try to make a habit of using strong passwords for your logins. A strong password consists of Capital and small letters, digits and special characters. Use at least eight characters to make a password with mix characters.
Use services like LastPass to make strong passwords for your logins. “LastPass” requires a password that you will provide to open up the vault. When you opened your vault you will login to every site that requires a password automatically. You can see “how it works” on the site lastpass.com for more information.
8 – Carefully use Social Networks
Social media networks can be handy tool for hackers and viruses to attack. Don’t click on a link that is sent by a stranger to you. You can use the online link scanners to check a link.
9 – Try to Use a Firewall
Use firewalls to get extra security for your PC. There are built-in firewalls in Mac and PC to use. Make sure you enabled the firewall with anti-virus software.
10 – Unauthorized Downloads
Set the browser security settings to the higher most level to get rid of unauthorized download. Try to download files from the famous website to get more authorized downloads.
11 – Use a Pop-up Blocker
Popup screens can be harmful for a PC when you click on them and they have viruses. So block pop-windows in your browsers to get rid of these kinds of viruses.
12 – Do Not Toolbars for Your Browser
Try not to install any toolbar for your browser. The toolbars give access to unknown applications that can be viruses most of the times. So I recommend not installing any kind of toolbar on your browser.