With the continuous spread of viruses and malware on the internet, our PCs are at risk of being attacked which could lead to data, file loss or theft. That’s why it’s really important to keep our PCs safe to avoid such attacks.
There are many ways you can keep your PC secure, and recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of PC users rely solely on antivirus software to keep their PCs safe, but keeping your PC safe goes beyond antivirus software.
On this article, we will share with you the 7 best ways to protect your PC against viruses and malware.
How To Protect Your PC Against Viruses And Malware
- Use a strong antivirus
- Keep your pc up-to-date
- Disable autoplay for removable drives
- Run New Software On Windows Sandbox or VM (Virtual Machine)
- Enable firewall
- Use a pop-up blockers browser extension
- Have two accounts
1. Using of Strong Anti-virus
Running a strong anti-virus software is the first step towards shielding your Computer from viruses and malware. Without a good antivirus, your Computer will get infected and you will lose important files and data.
There are some free antivirus software on the internet that you can download, but if you are a Windows 10 user, you can only stick to the built-in Windows Defender antivirus and make sure you upgrade it time to time.
Also, people typically get the wrong impression that having multiple antivirus on your Computer makes it safer, although it can sound good, but its not a good practice.
2. Always Keep Your PC Up-To-Date
Updating your PC from time to time is one of the safest ways to protect your PC against viruses and malware. Microsoft provides security updates for PCs on a constant basis to protect against viruses , malware, viruses, and other exploits. An outdated system is more vulnerable to attack, and even though Windows updates can be a bit of a disaster on their own, upgrading your OS will keep you safer. But before you update your Windows PC, I suggest that you take backup of all your important files and data so that even if the update crashes on your PC.
If you’re still not sure about Windows updates, consider using the approach I’m using to prevent crashes. Rather than downloading the Windows update via system update, head over to Microsoft official site and download the Windows iso file which would already have been updated, then run the setup like normal software. So far, this method has worked for me, and I haven’t had any problems updating my PC.
3. Disable Autoplay For All Your Removable Drives (USB)
One of the simplest ways viruses and malware can get to your computer is via removable drives (mostly USB storage devices). If you have auto-play switched on for removable devices, an infected USB drive will easily infect your PC. This option can be easily disabled in Windows 10 settings. You can find the option for Windows 8 and 7 by searching for it in the Start menu.
Also, make sure you scan every removable drive connected to your PC before you open it.
4. Always Run New Software On Windows Sandbox or VM (Virtual Machine)
When you download new software and applications from a non-official website on the Internet, it is recommended that you first run it in Windows Sandbox or a virtual machine before installing it on your PC.
Sometimes, third-party software or applications can contain viruses that can damage your PC and even crash your OS. You can first try and run unlicensed or other unusual program on a virtual machine (Virtual Box), so even though it contains malicious codes, it will never directly affect your computer.
5. Enable Firewall
Windows Firewall adds an extra layer of protection to your computer, particularly when you are directly connected to a network or to the Internet. Windows Firewall protects your PC by filtering information coming to your PC from the Internet and also by blocking potentially harmful programs.
Some anti-virus software comes with a built-in firewall program to protect you from attacks, but it is always a good idea to always review the security policies for any software you install.
6. Use A Pop-up Blockers Browser Extension
Nowadays, when you’re visiting a download site, it’s common to find pop-ups everywhere that not only offer a miserable browsing experience, but can be used to spread viruses over the internet. Using a pop-up browser blocker extension will help you eliminate these pop-ups and the chance of being infected.
7. Have Two Accounts On One PC Computer
Often, viruses and malware need an administrator’s privilege to damage your PC. So, you need an administrator-type account to handle Windows, as well as a local user account to work and play. So, make sure you build a new administrator account, and then change the form of your current account to Local.
There are the easiest ways to protect your PC from viruses and malware. Don’t forget to set a password for your account and bear in mind the types of links you click or attachments. Virus can be spread by any means, so try using the tips we’ve mentioned to keep your PC safe.