You notice your computer is suddenly sluggish. Annoying pop-up ads are ruining your browsing experience. Maybe your computer is frequently freezing or crashing. Your computer might be infected with malicious software. All is not lost, however, as steps can be taken to restore your computer to its previously healthy state. Here are 3 tips on avoiding and removing malicious software.

3 Tips on Avoiding and Removing Malicious Software

Install antivirus and malware software

A plethora of both free and paid software exists to help protect your computer from hostile and unwanted software. The function of these programs is to compare files on your computer to known malicious software in their database.

Antivirus and anti-malware programs will perform background scans of any file you open in order to determine if the file is safe or not. If malicious software slips through this background check or already exists in your files prior to installation of an antivirus or anti-malware program, a full system scan can be initiated. A full system scan will search through all of your system’s files for malicious software and warn you of their presence.

Along with the identification of viruses and malware, these programs offer simple and easy removal of unwanted software and files.

Don’t trust unsolicited email links

One common method used to sneak malicious software onto your computer is through attachments to an unassuming email. If you receive an email with a link or an attached file from any source that you don’t know, don’t trust it. Many email clients will scan for malicious attachments and provide a warning if malicious software is detected. If your email client warns you that an attachment may be malicious, do not ignore it.

Avoid unsafe sites and sources

The most effective way to keep your computer virus and malware free are to avoid downloading files from unsafe sources and to refrain from visiting unsafe websites. You are the first line of defense against malicious software.

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Avoid Getting Another Virus After Professional Virus RemovalViruses come in many shapes and sizes, some are a minor inconvenience, while others can require you to reformat your computer and start over from scratch with a newly installed operating system. For the most part, you do not have to worry about experiencing viruses that cause such significant damage, but you should have a decent amount of knowledge regarding viruses to avoid getting one online.

After getting professional virus removal, you need to focus on virus prevention.

Keep Your Anti-Virus and Firewall Updated

One of the most important things that you need to do is keep your antivirus and firewall updated at all times. If you have a newer version of Windows, you can just use the protection they provide. For Windows 10 users, you do not have to worry about installing these updates as they get installed automatically.

Install Security Browser Extensions

When surfing the web, you should use a browser that allows you to install add-ons or extensions. It is best to equip yourself with multiple measures to prevent a virus from getting on your computer, and adding a security browser extension is an excellent step in the right direction for avoiding viruses altogether.

Avoid Being Too Curious

It is inevitable that you will receive emails on a regular basis with offers that are too good to be true. Avoiding these emails is crucial as the links can lead to pages with viruses. Not piquing your curiosity is a good thing in this situation, and this does not only apply to the emails that you receive.

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