How to protect your laptop from viruses. 10 F1Center recommendations.

How to protect your laptop from viruses. 10 F1Center recommendations.


How to protect your laptop from viruses. 10 F1Center recommendations.

How to protect your laptop from viruses. 10 F1Center recommendations.

To keep the Internet safe, you need to know and use a number of preventative measures. Using these simple rules, you can protect your laptop or PC from viruses.

  1. Work with limited rights on your laptop. This is one of the simplest and most effective methods of counteracting the destruction of the system by viruses. To do this, create a second account (usually we all work under the administrator's account) in the operating system with guest rights. This will greatly reduce the chances of any malicious program installing in the system and infecting the device with a virus, and thereby increase the level of security. You will need administrator rights only when installing-uninstalling programs and initially setting up your laptop after installing Windows.
  2. Turn on User Account Control. When making changes on the computer that require administrator rights, the user account control function will notify you of this and offer to approve these changes. User account control prevents viruses from making unwanted changes.
  3. Install the antivirus and keep it up to date. Anti-malware programs scan for viruses, spyware and other malicious software trying to infiltrate your mail, operating system or files. Scan your computer periodically for viruses with additional anti-virus utilities.
  4. Carefully work with e-mail, especially with attachments - do not open those coming from unfamiliar recipients: files with the extension .exe, .bat, .jpg, .rar, .zip and others. It is advisable to first save attachments to letters on your hard drive, and then, after checking for malware with an updated antivirus, open it.
  5. Regularly update the operating system and some of the most common platforms and players: java, flash, net, adobe acrobat reader, as well as browsers and Internet applications like torrent, etc. Turn on Windows Update so that Windows automatically receives these updates.
  6. Use the pop-up blocker in your browser. Pop-ups are small windows in the browser that appear on top of the web page you are viewing. Although most of these windows are used for advertising purposes, they may contain malicious or insecure code. This blocking allows you to get rid of most pop-ups.
  7. Use the Windows firewall, which will notify you of suspicious activity when a virus or a worm virus tries to connect to your laptop. Also, it will not allow attackers to download potentially malicious applications onto the computer, either directly or using viruses or worms.
  8. Do not click on links to third-party sites. Now almost all advertising on the Internet is automated, and being on a “clean site” will not guarantee that you will not infect your PC with viruses when you go from such a site to a purchased advertising link. Be careful - a fascinating picture or video on the “other side” may turn out to be just a virus, after which you will not think about Internet protection, but about computer repair.
  9. Be careful when working with flash drives and external hard drives brought from neighbors, friends, work colleagues. The source of infection with viruses on such media is as dangerous as viruses from the Internet.
  10. Check the availability of your personal information on social networks - it can be accessed by search robots and distributed on the Internet.
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