The Best Free Ways To Secure Your Computer
Computer viruses are a constant looming threat for many internet users – could your next download contain something sinister? Here’s our guide on the best free software to secure your computer, plus a couple of other ways to stay safe online.
The basic and most worthwhile tool is as always, an Anti-Virus program. AVG and Avast have always been the best ones to pick – speaking from experience we nominate AVG to be the best and most reliable for the job. It has saved us time and time again from mishaps and problems.
If you need a spare antivirus software, or a malware removal program, take a look at the free program MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. We keep ours on a memory stick. If a PC is compromised, it can be booted in ‘safe mode’ and MalwareBytes can be run directly from the memory stick to sweep away viruses.
So, once you’ve downloaded your free software, you might feel that the virus question has been answered. Not quite so – there are still ways viruses can infect you, in very remote cases, by being more up to date than your software. The best habit is to not delay antivirus upgrades. No matter what you’re doing, let it upgrade itself.
Safe Browsing Is The Key
Of course you wouldn’t need to worry about viruses if the internet was safer – but the way things are going it might never be. Safe browsing is the key – and the Google Chrome and Firefox browsers both offer protection inside their own programs, another layer above your local antivirus. For what it’s worth, Chrome does do this better, but the program is much more memory intensive.
Again, after using a top quality browser and antivirus you might feel safe, but there are still a couple more things to consider – a pop-up blocker is essential when you’re visiting less reputable parts of the internet, specifically video sharing sites. The best one will always be AdBlock – it’s the easiest and most popular ‘extension’ for Chrome and Firefox and can be added very easily.
So, now we’re done with online, let’s talk downloads. Here are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to new files arriving on your computer.
Scan new files with your antivirus if you feel unsafe.
Check the contents of torrent files before agreeing to download.
Keep your eye on the Task Manager (ctrl-alt-delete) for suspicious programs.
If you feel like your PC is under attack, disconnect from the internet
Allow executable (.exe) files to open when you don’t know their purpose.
Let anything be installed without your consent (check thoroughly before pressing ‘OK’)
Click on banner adverts or popups for anything that looks like a scam
Visit sites when your browser warns against doing so.
If you install these programs and follow these do’s and don’ts you should be a successful internet-savvy individual in no time. Of course, nothing beats experience, and you may eventually find ways to avoid viruses, or even remove them by hand, by yourself in the future.