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5 Tips to Keep Your Laptop Free from Viruses and Malware

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With rampant cyber threats, you must keep your laptop free from viruses. A computer virus can result in a damaged OS or even stolen personal data. Here are some helpful tips.

Be Careful What You Install

One of the most common ways of getting a virus is by downloading an infected file. Lesser-known programs, unauthorized apps, and pirated software often contain malicious code. A good anti-malware package will alert you when something is suspicious. However, it's best to stay vigilant about what you install. Sometimes a virus can be a challenge to remove. However, you can get rid of a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by removing it from your laptop. App removal is the first step. But the effects might also mean you have to reinstall your OS.

Don't Let Others Use Your Computer

While you can do all you can to prevent viruses and malware, others might not be as assertive. In addition, many people often ignore threats or are completely oblivious. For these reasons, it's best to not let other people use your laptop unless you monitor them. However, if you can't avoid this, try setting user access controls in your guest profiles. Access restrictions can block specific sites, disallow downloading and severely limit the interaction with your OS. However, as often is the case, user error will likely cause an infection.

Keep Your Laptop Free from Viruses with Antimalware

Computer viruses are a global issue. Yet, in the United States alone, it is believed that over 30% of computers are infected with some form of virus or malware. While you can never guarantee a 0% chance of infection, you can help yourself immensely with anti-malware packages. Free software offers surprisingly good protection. But you will get the best from paying for a license. An anti-malware package license from a reputable vendor isn't expensive. Some of the best for laptops include Malwarebytes, Avast, and McAfee Total Protection.

Never Use Public Wi-Fi

You should never use free public Wi-Fi unless you have no other option. Even though many public services provide excellent internet access, hackers frequently target them. Your personal information can be stolen over a shared connection if you don't use a reliable VPN. Airports, coffee shops, and libraries are a few examples. Malware and viruses, many of which are capable of going undetected, are other effects of public internet access. Invest in the best VPN software and antimalware you can afford if you must use the public internet.

Install Ad-Blocking Software

Online pop-up ads frequently refer you to bad websites where viruses and data theft are common. Unfortunately, trying to avoid these is often easier said than done unless you download an effective ad-blocker that prevents you from seeing them. Fortunately, ad-blockers, both free and paid, are simple to find. The price difference is typically related to how well it works. But even if you have an active ad-blocker enabled, you should be careful when browsing the web. Many sites won't allow access unless the ad-blocker is turned off.

Summary

You can protect yourself if you keep your laptop free from viruses. Popular methods include vigilance when installing apps, staying off public Wi-Fi, and installing ad-blockers.




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