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How to Protect Your Computer from Malware and Other Virus Attacks

Apoorva Bhatnagar



In this digital age of computer users, virus threats are more imminent than ever. Your systems are prone to malware threats every single time you use it. These malware threats are spread through online and offline activities. Attackers use malicious codes in emails to infect your system and even using virus led disk or flash drive may cause a virus attack on your system. All these virus threats are real and causing a lot of data loss every year. To deal with this situation, you can follow certain steps to avoid malware threats prominently. Let’s discuss ways to protect your system from malware and other virus threats.

Use Complex & Secure Password

Use this step as a first preventive measure to keep your system protected from malware threats. Use a complex & secure password that is at least 8 characters in length and includes a combination of letters, numbers, & special characters. Hackers try to breach your system security by breaking your passwords and then spying & stealing your data. Studies suggest that password with 6 characters with all lower-case letters can be broken under 6 minutes using special tools & tactics.  Strong passwords can help you create the first wall of defense towards possible malware threats. It will also become complicated for attackers to breach into your data security.

Install Reliable Security Suite

Anti-malware software is a type of software program that is designed to detect, prevent and remediate malicious programming or software on individual computing devices or IT systems. It helps you protect your system from unauthorized code or software to breach into your system security. These malware threats in the form of viruses, keyloggers, Trojans, spyware, etc. may cause serious harm to your system security. It may also affect your system performance negatively. To deal with this situation, you can use reliable security suite for improved security, which includes anti-malware program and Firewall on your system.



Anti-malware software helps you detect and remove all malicious content from your system effectively. Apart from anti-malware software, keep Firewall on your system enabled all the time as it creates a defense wall to protect your system from all malicious content that may enter to your system when you work online.  Using both Firewall and anti-malware program will help you provide complete security to your system. Apart of it, you can also use anti-spyware app, ransomware protection tool, pop-up blocker, adware blocker and other apps for reliable results.

Avoid Suspicious Links

The major route which most attackers use to infect your device is attached links in emails. Attackers use spam emails to send malicious codes to your system and infect it. Once you click on these attachments, attached codes start infecting your device and system. To avoid such situation, try to avoid clicking on random attachments in emails which you have received from the unknown or suspicious source.

Another technique attackers use is, spreading virus threats through social engineering tactics where malware is spread using social media platforms. Thus, to avoid all these threats be extra cautious when clicking on any link from unknown or suspicious source. When you try to download something from the Internet, scan it before you run it. Also, remember to download any software or app from trusted source only.

Keep Your System Software Up to Date

Usually, attackers try to exploit security loopholes on your old system and devices. As security loopholes on old software remain vigilant to all users around the world thus systems with all software programs always remain vulnerable to these malicious tactics. To the other hand, manufacturers of different software products keep on updating their software with latest updates and upgrades. Each software update includes certain bug fixes, security patches, performance improvement features and much more. Thus, keeping your system software up to date can help you avoid any malware threat prominently.



Use Secure Network

Do not get into trouble with lucrative offers like “Free Wi-Fi” as it comes with its own limitations and security threats. It becomes very easy to breach your system security when you are using open or free Wi-Fi. Try to avoid all such free networks and always use the secure network for your online activities. Keep strong password for your system and network.



Malware threats are more imminent than ever in this digital world. People are relying more and more on computer systems to perform their day to day tasks. With the increased use of computers these days, a threat to its security in the form of virus attacks has also increased. To avoid this situation, you can follow above-mentioned steps as a strong deterrent.


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