Along with Common Sense 2010, there are many ways to avoid malware attacks. Â It’s essential to avoid malware. Â You don’t want your computer running slow, nor having it open to whoever wants to go on it.
On the web:
Donâ€™t open suspicious emails: Even if you receive an email from Uncle Joe telling you to download and execute a fileâ€¦ donâ€™t do it!Â There are many ways to â€œhackâ€ and email account, and send out malware to every contact in their address book.Â Itâ€™s best to just ignore the email if you donâ€™t know what it is about or for.
Donâ€™t go on website you donâ€™t trust: If you donâ€™t know about the site, or it has a suspicious URL, donâ€™t go to it!Â You can also install a plugin called WOT on your browser, which can tell you if itâ€™s safe or not.
Donâ€™t click Facebook links: You donâ€™t know whatâ€™s on them.Â Donâ€™t take the risk.
Donâ€™t click suspicious shortened links: You donâ€™t know where they end up going, so donâ€™t take the risk.Â Especially on Facebook, people get their accounts hacked all the time.
Illegal file-sharing services: You donâ€™t know what type of malware is waiting to get downloaded and installed on your machine.Â Donâ€™t use them.Â Â End of story.
Pop-ups: Make sure you have pop-ups blocked in your browser!Â You donâ€™t want annoying â€“ and sometimes harmful, pop-ups open.Â A lot of time they use tactics to make you click â€œScan my system for malwareâ€ because you think itâ€™s legit.Â Open up Windows Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete or right-click the taskbar, then Start Task Manager) and end the process.
Physical media: You donâ€™t know if it has malware on it, so itâ€™s best to scan it first.Â Donâ€™t accept infected or suspicious files that popup.
How to remove malware â€“ the right way
Antivirus software: Itâ€™s essential to keep your antivirus software up-to-date to help prevent malware.Â Two of the best antivirus software professionals, like myself, like are: Microsoft Security Essentials and Avira (free) or NOD32 and Kaspersky (paid).Â Â Always keep it up-to-date; new viruses come out every day.Â Make sure it scans at least once a week!Â Donâ€™t run more than one at a time, it will just cause more problems.
Updated operating system: Take advantage of being able to update automatically.Â Use Windows Update.Â Microsoft patches many flaws in their OS with updates, and it will help prevent malware attacks.
Updated browser: Again, take advantage of being able to update automatically.Â They also like to patch flaws they have in their programs.Â You should also take advantage of the browserâ€™s download screening, pop-up blocking, and definitely the automatic update features.
Firewall: Make sure you have it turned on!Â You donâ€™t necessarily need to run a third-party firewall, though I do recommend it over Windows Firewall.Â Windows Firewall is better than nothing.Â Â If youâ€™re looking for a third-party firewall, I recommend Comodo Firewall.
Spam filter: Make sure either your email client, email provider, or a program has a spam filter for your email.Â It will get rid of many unwanted emails, and help you not get malware!
If you donâ€™t know how to remove it â€“ get help! There are many online forums that are there to help you.Â I personally like BleepingComputer.
Tools to use:
Free antivirus programs (only run one):
Paid antivirus programs (only run one):
MalwareBytes (free or paid)
Other prevention tools: