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How to avoid computer viruses

Most people know how to look after their body to avoid catching a cold or another virus. We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, wrap up warm, watch for any warning signs and avoid putting ourselves in situations where we’re at a high risk of catching a virus.

With computers, however, we tend to be less vigilant – and even if we do know what to do to keep our systems safe, we’re less concerned about doing it. That’s why we’re explaining how to treat your computer like you treat your body to keep it fighting fit.

Eat fruit and vegetables

Eating fruit and vegetables gives your body the tools it needs to repair itself, to boost your immune system and to avoid catching viruses. However, this doesn’t mean you should go stuffing strawberries into your CD drive and plugging plums into your USB ports.

Updates and patches are the vegetables of the computer world, and making sure your computer gets them is vital to keep it healthy. Like fresh fruit, the more updates your computer software gets, the better it’s going to fair against potential problems.

This is because software updates (the most frequent tend to be Java and Windows updates) close down security holes in the programs, which means viruses are less likely to find a way in.

It’s best to set your computer to update automatically so you don’t even have to think about it. That’s like getting the vitamins and minerals that vegetables provide, without even having to eat them – pretty useful, right? Most update screens come with an “automatically update this product” option.

Wrap Up Warm

Wrapping up warm is all about wearing the appropriate clothing for the weather. If you’re going to go skiing, you’ll need the warmest possible gloves. It’s the same for using a computer. If you’re going to browse the internet, you should use the most advanced browser for security. At the moment, that’s probably Google Chrome.

It’s simple to install Chrome, just follow the link and the rest of the instructions. If you don’t like Chrome, more modern browsers are quite safe – and much, much safer than old versions. If you’re not running the newest possible edition of your browser, it’s like you’re putting on ski boots with holes in the soles.

Watch for any warning signs

If you’ve got a cold, you’ll notice that your nose is running and try to get more rest. For computers, if you notice your computer behaving differently, it could be the sign of a virus. Watch out for:

⁃ Your computer running slow

⁃ New error messages that weren’t there before

⁃ Strange software running on your computer

While there’s some guesswork involved in diagnosing your body’s issues, it’s much simpler for computers. Simply install an anti-virus package like Norman and it will search for problems for you – think of it like having your own personal doctor.

Keep out of dangerous situations

Just like with your body, there are varying degrees of silly behaviour that can make your computer sick. Browsing new websites could be considered as risky as going outside with wet hair, but the most serious danger is when you go into an area that has already been marked as dangerous (like kissing someone with fever).

For example, Google often highlights websites that have been known to host malware, while if a website is more flashy advertisements than content, it tends to be an unsafe place to be.

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One Response to How to avoid computer viruses

  1. John Sharp says:

    google does an amazing job keeping things clean.

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