A serious problem in modern day computing is that vulnerabilities are exploited often faster than OS developers can patch them. The constant threat of malicious software, webpages, and scripts can be quite frustrating and, unfortunately once your computers infected it seemed nearly impossible to return it to its former state. Here are a few tips that can help you on your way.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Keeping your computer from becoming infected in the first place is probably the best way of preventing damage and save yourself the trouble and hassle of having to remove malicious software once it becomes a problem. If you prepare yourself knowledge, and protect yourself the appropriate antivirus software shouldn’t you have a problem keeping your computer safe.
Secure your network.
Although not common viruses can in fact come from people in the immediate vicinity and not necessarily the Internet itself. 192.168.l.l is the default IP address for many routers. By typing 192.168.1.1 into your address bar, you can access your router to see if it’s secured by password. If you type 192.168.l.l and it does not take you to your router, you will have to type the command /ipconfig into your command window and find out what it is, or search the manufacturer’s website for information.
Stay away from online scanners.
There are many websites out there that advertise free virus scans. Unfortunately in almost every case these scanners are meant to do just the opposite. By granting them access to your hard disk in order to perform “the scan”they are able to rewrite registry files and install their own code. They are to be avoided at all costs.
Keep your computer updated.
Regularly installing updates can help protect your computer from vulnerabilities that developers have since found and patched. Often this can make a big difference in preventing your computer from being infected in the first place.
Invest in a solid antivirus program.
Investing in a program like Norton will provide a solid defense to the ever-changing threats posed to your security. With a team constantly updating the virus registry and updating the information software uses to protect you, this is the most effective way of defending yourself.
Back up your computer regularly.
Backing up your computer regularly will create referred points for the built-in Windows recovery mode, which can restore your computer and files to an earlier date in time. This is often only needed an extreme situations of irreparable damage.
Create a live CD recovery disk.
Using a recovery Linux, or other recovery system, you can fill your computer into an independent operating system designed specifically to repair damage. With a diverse tool set, and many capabilities not available in the pre-installed Windows tools, this can be the difference between saving your data and losing an entirely.
Pay attention to in browser warnings.
Your browser will often come ready to detect possible threatening software, and will notify you if you’re being directed towards a malicious site, or if a file has the potential to harm your computer. They should be paid attention to, because all too often the computer infection could have been prevented by doing so.
Educate yourself in the subject of possible threats.
Having a rudimentary knowledge of how malicious code gets your computer in the first place is a good way to prevent it from happening at all. I advise you do research on this topic, as it could save you from the hassle begin with.