12 Tips to Maintain a Virus Free Computer

12 Tips to Maintain a Virus Free ComputerIs your computer infected with virus? Do you often get mysterious error messages? Well, this is a common problem faced by almost all the computer users across the globe.

Even though some of them are harmless, they do have the ability to do a number of nasty things up to and including damaging or erasing sensitive data from your computer. However, there are ways to keep viruses and other malware away from your computer.

Ways to Keep Your Computer Virus Free:

Here are the 12 tips to maintain a virus free computer:

  1. Email is one of the common ways by which your computer can catch a virus. So, it is always recommended to stay away from SPAM. Open only those emails that has its origin from a trusted source such as those which comes from your contact list.

    If you are using your own private email host (other than Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.) then it is highly recommended that you use a good spam filter. And finally NEVER click on any links in the emails that comes from untrusted sources.

  2. USB thumb/pen drives is another common way by which viruses spread rapidly. So, it is always a good habit to perform a virus scan before copying any data onto your computer. NEVER double-click the pen drive to open it. Instead right-click on it and select the option “open”. This is the safe way to open a pen drive.

  3. Be careful about using MS Outlook. Outlook is more susceptible to worms than other e-mail programs, unless you have an efficient antivirus programs running. Use Pegasus or Thunderbird (by Mozilla), or a web-based program such as Hotmail or Yahoo (In Firefox).

  4. As we all know, Internet is the main source of all malicious programs including viruses, worms, trojans etc. In fact, Internet contributes to virus infection by up to 80 percent. So, here are the tips for safe surfing habits so that you can ward off virus infection up to the maximum possible extent.

    • Do not click on pop-up windows that announce a sudden disaster in your city or announce that you’ve won an hourly prize. They are the ways to mislead Internet users and you should never trust them.
    • You can also use a pop-up blocker to automatically block those pop-ups.
  5. Most of us use search engines like Google to find what we are looking for. It is quite obvious for a malicious website to get listed in the search results. So, in order to avoid visiting those untrusted malicious websites, you can download and install the AVG LinkScanner which is a freeware. This tool can become very handy and will help you to stay away from those malicious websites.

  6. Install a good antivirus software and keep it updated. Also perform full system scan periodically. It is highly recommended that you turn on the automatic update feature. This is the most essential task to protect your PC from viruses. If PC security is your first option then it is recommended that you go for a shareware antivirus software rather than using the freeware stuffs.

    Most of the antivirus programs offer the auto-protect feature that provides real-time security for your PC. Make sure that this feature is turned on.

  7. In addition to an antivirus, it is worthwhile to spend a few bucks on a good anti-spyware program. This can provide extra security for your computer.

  8. Never open any email attachments that come from untrusted sources. If it is a picture, text or sound file (these attachments end in the extensions .txt, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .mp3, .htm, .html, and .avi), you are probably safe, but still perform a virus scan before opening them.

  9. Do not use disks that other people gave you, even from work. The disk could be infected with a virus. Of course, you can run a virus scan on it first to check it out.

  10. Set up your Windows update to automatically download patches and upgrades. This will allow your computer to automatically download any updates to both the operating system and Internet Explorer. These updates fix security holes in both pieces of software.

  11. While you download files from untrusted websites/sources such as torrents, warez etc. make sure that you run a virus scan before executing them.

  12. And finally it is recommended not to visit those websites that feature illegal/unwanted stuffs such as cracks, serials, warez etc. as they contribute much in spreading of virus and other malicious programs.

40 Comments

  1. majid
    September 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    so many thanks ;)
    your post was useful :)
    i have a request , would you please guide me in learning Metasploit 3.2 step by step ?!

    thanks


  2. Shadaicra
    September 24, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    thanks for the post, will attempt later on my laptop to make sure ther isnt any external reasons for its bad loading even though its almost brand new. any idea’s with how to deeal with it?


    • Srikanth
      September 25, 2009 at 12:07 PM

      @ Shadaicra

      If it’s brand new (or if the OS is freshly installed) your laptop will be free from any virus. So install a good antivirus and then maintain it according to the above 12 tips.


  3. Damjo
    September 24, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Hey Sri,
    God to see that you’re back, because I saw that you haven’t been publishing any new articles lately :) I wanted to ask you what happened with GO HACKING forum, and also if you could write a topic about what MAC address is, and are there any ways of changing or hiding it?


  4. Laksh
    October 6, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    lost of thanksssssssssssss


  5. k.nagaraj
    November 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    this site is excellent lot of thanks to u for giving the knowledge about the hacking & how to protect our pc thank u very much………..to u


  6. sandeep chahal
    November 11, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    u r giving us good information tanks for this.


  7. raj
    November 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    i wnt to know how i access a remote compurer


  8. Vibhav
    December 10, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    thanks but please elaborate if the AVG Link Scanner will work if you already have a different antivirus installed on your PC.


    • Srikanth
      December 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM

      @ Vibhav

      Yes it will work even if you have a different antivirus..


    • nirav
      November 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      hey you really great man and thank’s for free advice to all people hey my facebook account is blocked how to open my account plz help me


  9. MALIMA
    December 22, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    HEY MEN I ENJOY IT SO I NEED MORE


  10. swami
    December 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    your information was very greatful


  11. Vivek
    December 26, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Hi sri,
    great work. Keep up. I’d like ye to include an article on making cracks or patches for softwares.thanks a lot,mon ami.


  12. wEw
    December 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    tnkx alot
    it helps me keep my pc for viruses!!!


  13. approspax
    January 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    thats good
    approspraxxxxxx


  14. vasu
    February 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    hi!!
    thanks for giving use full tips .
    plz tell me that how to get password of memory card of mobile phone if the password is forgotten.


  15. Ravi Shanker
    March 5, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    HI!! author too many thanks to u budyy…
    Actuuly your these all tips make us stronger & genious…
    we dont know how should we thanks you…
    i hope u will help us consistlly in forword future…
    thanks dear…


  16. MALIND KUMAR
    April 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    GODD USE


  17. jaya
    April 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    hi! author thanks 4 giving such a useful tips ………… i must follow this tips .Actully i want to know how i install any spywer softwere .and how to updated it ? plz rply my ans .
    and thanks once agn 4 these information


  18. fayez alghamdi
    May 31, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    I want best website learning metasploit
    or learning any computer Remote

    thx

    and thx majid


  19. sanjay
    June 15, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    srikanth i have a 800 gb pendrive which my brother brought from chaina … the problem i’m facing was it is not working properly…. sometimes it shows the used space as 512 gb and it contains more than 20000 folders……. when i try to format, it displays some errors (but on the box it displays 100% formated)


    • Srikanth
      July 7, 2010 at 5:24 PM

      @ sanjay

      Try to format the pendrive in a different computer. If it shows the same error message then it means that there is something wrong with the pendrive.


  20. chetan
    June 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    nice!!!!!!!1


  21. uday
    June 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    it very excelent site


  22. Abhinand
    June 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Nice work sir.can you publish some Aircel tricks


  23. sonukumar
    September 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    thanks for giving use full tips .
    plz tell me that how to get password of memory card of mobile phone if the password is forgotten.


  24. Deep
    September 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Many many thanks sir.
    I want to learn hacking will you teach me step-by-step.


  25. sangamesh
    February 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    good information dudeeee

    has added much to our knoweldge


  26. sandipkumar bhatt
    March 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    good information dudeeee


  27. mahesh
    April 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    hi,
    thank u. give many more tips like this


  28. Shibli Syeed
    May 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Hi! these tips are very useful. Thanks


  29. sravan
    October 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Hi! i have a doubt. Why we should NEVER double-click the pen drive to open it?
    I think opening a pen drive using double-click is same as using “open” option on right clicking it.
    Thank you.


    • Srikanth
      October 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      @ saravan

      Not really! Double-clicking is something different than just right-click -> open. When you double click a drive it triggers it’s ability to auto-play or auto-execute any of the compatible programs present in it. Unfortunately, most virus and worms use this capability to infect your computer. So, it is always a safe habit to right-click the drive and open it. :)


  30. Gaurav
    October 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Sir, As you mentioned that after pasting the ip address I should hit enter (ADSL Hacking) in the address bar. I did same but after that no such windows appears as you have mentioned.Instead this appears(((This site is running TeamViewer.

    Free Port 80 for other applications in advanced settings. ))).
    What is this? And please help me immediately.


  31. mino
    October 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    i want some sample c programming virus for testing


  32. Arvind Kumar
    October 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    hello sir i am visiting your site and i found very much helpful material of ethical hacking
    But i have problem not new one i am infected with TrojenDownlodear:Win32/Adload.DA Virus that is message coming in my action center i am using McAfee Internet Security i also call them to resolve my problem but they suggested me to re install my PC and i did two times but i am getting the same error now again. Wii you plz help to solve my problem My a buy a virus removal service or is there is any other way to remove if you know than plz help me i also tried MSE ,Antimalware ,Norton , McAfee Scan Plus , and many things now i wants the right guidance to remove that plz help me soon …


  33. ideazglobal
    October 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Hi………

    This site is outstanding lot of thanks to u for giving the knowledge about the hacking & how to defend our pc .


  34. Leigh
    January 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    This is a great website. Indispensable.


  35. Dave
    March 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Thanks for the list. It’s great to prevent viruses whenever possible as they are sadly a growing threat.


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