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Wondering how to protect your computer from malware? Think your computer might be infected with a trojan horse, virus, spyware, keylogger or other malicious software? Malware is a definitely no laughing matter. It can range from just an annoyance to very dangerous. Malicious software is indeed a very real threat to your online security. In fact, it can lead you to becoming the next victim of identity theft, which happens to be one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada and the USA. The good news is that there are some ways to protect your computer from malware.
It is crucial for your online security to have anti-virus software installed. Surfing the Internet for any length of time without anti-virus software is like be around a bunch of people with the flu without having a flu shot. Sooner or later you are going to be infected with a virus or other malware. There is one-hundred percent free and reputable anti-virus software available for download on the Internet. Just make sure that you keep it up-to-date. It is very wise advice to run a “full system scan” on a regular basis as well.
To protect your computer from malware you need to have anti-spyware software installed. There is reputable and free anti-spyware software available for download online. It is very important to be certain that you are downloading reputable anti-spyware software. There is so-called “free anti-spyware software” that is sadly far from free; demanding $39.95 to remove “spyware” that may or may not exist or even infecting your PC with more malicious software.
It is paramount for your Internet security and privacy to have the often over-looked ant-keylogger software installed on your computer. This is because anti-virus and even anti-spyware software alone do not detect all keyloggers. Keystroke loggers are malware that without the user’s knowledge record every single keystroke and even captures screen shots. You need anti-keylogger software installed to detect and block keyloggers.
It is essential to have a personal firewall protecting your computer from malware and other online threats. A firewall acts as a barrier between you and the Internet; keeping hackers out and preventing any malware already installed on your computer from sending personal data to cyber thieves. There is actually a free firewall included with Windows Vista, XP, and 7.
Be wary of opening email attachments from unknown senders. In fact, even if you know the sender you might want to think twice before opening if the attachment is not expected or recognized. It could be infected with a computer virus, spyware, keylogger, backdoor trojan, or other malware.
Last but certainly not least, make your best effort to avoid visiting sites containing freeware, shareware, file-sharing, warez, and the like. They are absolutely notorious for being infected with malware.
It should give you some peace of mind knowing that there are some steps to take to protect your computer from malware. When it comes to protecting your computer from malicious software, an ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.
About the Author: Christopher is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise on Internet security and privacy with others at Internet Security 101.