Computer Viruses: How to Make Sure You Don’t Get Infected

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In this day and age, it’s very easy to get yourself caught on the internet with a computer virus. There are many types, ranging from just pop-up ads and minor data loss to the complete destruction of your computer. All in all, they’re all very annoying and sometimes scary. You can also spend a ton of money to get rid of it, and then it comes back. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get infected.

1)This is the most important part: DON’T DOWNLOAD THINGS FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES!!!! A website may look completely legitimate and well-made, but still hold a nasty virus. Here is the golden rule: if you’re downloading something, make sure the URL begins with “https” which means it’s secure. If not, be completely sure you trust the site and maybe scan it with an antivirus first.

2)Don’t open strange emails. Many viruses (called worms) spread through email attachments. The email may even be from your friend, which means they are infected. You might want to ask your friend if they sent you an email before downloading it. Also check for things like broken English and other signs of illegitimacy.

3)Don’t click on ads. You might see an ad that says you’re infected with a virus and need to do a scan, but chances are you don’t have a virus, but you will once you click that ad. Sometimes when you click it, it won’t let you leave the page or close your browser.

4)DO download a quality antivirus. Many will let you use it for free, but not for full benefits. Make sure you do a weekly or monthly sweep for viruses. But get it from a trusted source, don’t google search “free antivirus” because you’ll probably get a virus from downloading one of those.

5)Backup your data. If you do get a virus, you’ll want your important data to be salvaged. Make sure to have a flash drive to backup your data often, or backup to your computer. That way you won’t lose everything if you get a really bad virus.

If you follow all these steps, your likelihood of getting a virus is greatly reduced. But remember, these alone won’t save you from everything. It’s good to exercise general caution on the Internet, so use your common sense too. Happy browsing!

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