Five Ways to Prevent Malware on Your Computer

January 17, 2018 7:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Malware can not only wreak havoc with your processing power, it can go much further by taking over your web browsers or even your entire computer, requiring professional PC repair in Woodward, OK to remedy. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you.

Invest in anti-virus software now

If you don’t already have an anti-virus program installed, go out and buy the software immediately. This and many other types of software are available right in our store, so feel free to ask us if you need assistance with finding the right product. This is a non-negotiable first step to computer safety, and every homeowner should have this software, no matter what type of computer they own or how they use it.

Update every time

Most of us are guilty of hitting “remind me later” when it comes to routine updates—but to do this with your anti-virus/malware software would be a huge mistake, and could cost you dearly if your computer becomes infected with something truly malicious. Anti-virus software updates include patches and important updates to the list of viruses that it can detect. If you update every time you are prompted to do so by your anti-virus software, you can feel secure knowing that your software is performing its best work every day.

Scan regularly

Once you’ve chosen and installed your anti-virus/malware software, make sure you choose an option for regular scans. Consider your schedule (and the schedules of other family members who use your computer, if applicable) and select a regular, automatic scan time where the anti-virus software can perform a thorough check of your computer. Many people like to run their scans at night, so the scan doesn’t slow down their computer while they’re working. If you choose to do this, just make sure your computer is set to stay on, rather than entering a sleep mode or powering off.

Be network savvy

Make sure your Wi-Fi requires a password before anyone can connect. Don’t broadcast your internet without having it properly secured, or anyone passing by could log onto your internet and have a field day. Likewise, never connect to an “open” network when you are out and about (at a coffee shop, for example)—these can allow hackers or malware to hop onto your device without your noticing.

Make a backup

If the absolute worst-case scenario should happen, and you fall prey to a hack or malicious malware, you could find yourself with a useless computer, or you may need to wipe your hard drive entirely and start over from scratch. In either case, you’ll thank yourself for the backup you made earlier of all of your files. Invest in a strong, solid-state hard drive and set up regular backups, so your information is always preserved in a second spot.

For anti-virus/malware protection software and any PC repair in Woodward, OK that you could possibly need, Devine’s Electronics Authorized Radio Shack Dealer has the answer. Stop in or give us a call today to see what we have in store for you.

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