How to protect my computer from viruses

Install an antivirus program
Installing an antivirus program and keeping it up to date can help defend your computer against viruses. Antivirus programs scan for viruses trying to get into your email, operating system, or files. New viruses appear daily, so set your antivirus software to install updates automatically. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Don’t open email attachments unless you’re expecting them

Many viruses are attached to email messages and will spread as soon as you open the email attachment. It’s best not to open any attachment unless it’s something you’re expecting. For more information, see when to trust an email message. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Keep your computer updated

Microsoft releases security updates that can help protect your computer. Make sure thatWindows receives these updates by turning on Windows automatic updating. For more information, see  Turn automatic updating on or off. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Use a firewall

Windows Firewall (or any other firewall) can help alert you to suspicious activity if a virus or worm attempts to connect to your computer. It can also block viruses, worms, and hackers from attempting to download potentially harmful programs to your computer. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Use your browser’s privacy settings

Being aware of how websites might use your private information is important to help prevent fraud and identity theft. If you’re using Internet Explorer, you can adjust your Privacy settings or restore the default settings whenever you want. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Use a pop-up blocker with your browser

Pop-up windows are small browser windows that appear on top of the website you’re viewing. Although most are created by advertisers, they can also contain malicious or unsafe code. A pop-up blocker can prevent some or all of these windows from appearing. To receive more information about our products and services please contact us.

 

Turn on User Account Control (UAC)

When changes are going to be made to your computer that require administrator-level permission, UAC notifies you and gives you the opportunity to approve the change. UAC can help keep viruses from making unwanted changes. To learn more about turning on UAC and adjusting the settings, contact us.

 

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