How to Avoid Getting a Computer Virus

A computer virus will lay dormant on your computer until you do something to activate it. The simple act of opening an email can make a computer virus active. Once a virus is activated, it will send itself to people you know, and it will infect their computers like it infected yours. Here are some helpful tips you can use to prevent computer viruses from troubling you:

  • Go directly to a company’s website if you want to download one of their programs. Don’t download a program from some other website. When a site is reputable, it will usually scan its computer for viruses and remove them.
  • Make sure the music or videos you download are from well-known and reputable websites. Networks designed to share music and videos often carry viruses. These sites are also known to carry spyware.
  • Stay away from programs you find on forums or blogs. These programs may be infected with a virus. No matter how tempting these programs are, do not initiate these them.
  • Make sure you have antivirus protection. Protection such as this can be purchased or downloaded for free. Once installed, an antivirus program should be updated regularly. Updates may be done automatically.
  • Don’t download a program a friend sent you. Your friend’s intentions may be good, but there could be a virus on your friend’s computer that unknowingly infected the program you received. If you feel you must have that program, find out which website your friend found it on and download it from there.
  • Never open an attachment you receive from an unknown source. If you have no idea who sent the attachment, don’t be curious to find out what it is about and click on it. Just delete it and forget about it. Don’t open attachments you get via email even if you do know who they’re coming from, as there are viruses that can get email addresses from a computer and infect other computers. Some viruses can send out virus infected emails without the owner of the infected computer knowing about it.

Be cautious of links you receive in emails, as emails are sometimes used to send viruses. If you happen to click on a link that came to you in an email and it asks for personal information, don’t give it out. Don’t click on the link if you are not absolutely sure you know where it will take you.   If you concerned about your computer and network security, contact Elevated Technologies today for a no cost, non-intrusive tune up!

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