If you’re running a Windows computer, it is unavoidable that you’d get a malware infection once in a while. Windows has always been a vulnerable OS, and if you’re not careful, even the latest versions of Windows could get infected. So here are a few suggestions that could help you keep your system malware-free.
Install Two Antivirus Software Programs
Yes. Not one, but TWO whole antivirus software. However, don’t install them both at the same time. Install one and then use the other to regularly check your system, then uninstall again after a complete system scan. The reason is that computer viruses can disable your favorite antivirus program when they attack. Then, you’ll have to install a different one in order to clean out the ones that are already on your system. So bookmark all the good antivirus websites that you find.
Rotate Your Antivirus Software
The antivirus software that you should keep should have a background scanning function: It should be able to detect virus activity as it happens. Then, the ones you should keep as the tool that you use for a regular checkup, but uninstall to keep it from being disabled by the malware, should be one that is known for its resistance to the different kinds of malware out there.
Here’s a few recommendations:
Antivirus Software With Background Scanning Functions:
- Avast! It would be great if you could get Avast’s premium subscription, as it is more comprehensive, but even the free version of Avast! antivirus is good enough.
- Avira AntiVir. Before Avast! came on the antivirus scene, there was Avira. By experience, it was easy to see Avira break down in the face of malware outbreak, however, so you may want to rotate this with Avast! on a monthly basis.
For lists of antivirus software recommended by industry experts, here are helpful articles:
- PC Advisor: 15 best antivirus for PC and laptop: 2014’s best antivirus for protection, performance value, and free best antivirus
- PCMag: The Best Antivirus for 2014
- The Best Free Antivirus for 2014
Antivirus Software That You REALLY Have To Use With A Malware Outbreak:
- Clamwin.This is an offering by the Open Source community, and that’s one more reason to trust Clamwin. Because the Open Source community is driven by excellence in coding and in making sure that software is coded malware-free, and people can use their systems to compile their software without needing to deal with constant glitches, you can be assured that Clamwin is coded and offered with the highest ethics possible. By experience, Clamwin has cleaned out malware that has been left undetected and resistant to other antivirus software.
- MalwareBytes. Though this is a commercial offering, even the freeware has been proven to be effective against malware that has disabled everything else. It would be great if you could buy the Premium version, but if you rotate your antivirus regularly, the freeware should suffice.
Keep And Apply Safe Browsing And PC Use Habits
Here’s a list of things you should and should not do, to keep your PC safe:
- Scan your PC once a month, at least.
- Keep your Firewall turned on.
- Block pop-ups.
- Buy your own software and media. A no-piracy policy is the healthiest practice you can apply for yourself.
- As much as possible, never use removable media used by other people. Only use those in your “ecosystem,” meaning, only those with your own gadgets. If you really have to share and exchange files with friends and family, run the files through a Cloud-based data service like Dropbox or Google Drive, instead.
- Click indiscriminately. Sometimes, people will even send you Twitter direct messages, even SMS messages with links to websites they’re promoting. Resist the urge to click.
- Install an antivirus or “PC maintenance” software recommended by pop-ups or torrent sites. This is most likely a Trojan virus carrier.
- Torrent. Not only is torrenting illegal, it can also introduce malware into your system.
With these in mind, you’ll surely keep your PC in tip-top shape!