Why do I keep getting computer viruses even though I have Anti-Virus protection on all my computers?
The main reason people keep getting computer viruses and spyware on their computers is due to the fact that they are actually installing it themselves without realizing it. A virus or Malware doesn’t just sneak in and install itself most of the time — it needs manufacturing platform to fool the user into letting it in, and even the best anti-virus program cannot ensure that you will never get a virus if you allow a program to bypass it and run an install. As hackers get more and more creative in their methods, users will inevitably make the mistake of unknowingly clicking on the wrong thing and bypassing their anti-virus software.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Outlined below are the four best practices you can use to drastically cut down on your chance of infection.
- Always make sure you have an up to date subscription to a valid anti-virus/security software (Example: Norton AV, McAfee, AVG)
- Never open attachments or click on links in emails if you are not sure who the sender is or why it was sent to you. One of the most common infection points is a fake email from UPS, FedEx, or USPS. The email will appear to have either an attachment or link to tracking information for a package you supposedly ordered. If you don’t remember ordering anything, chances are you didn’t and this is a virus.
- Don’t click on pop-up ads. While some ads are actually legitimate, many contain re-direct links to infected sites.
- Finally according to the experts: never download software unless you are 100% sure that the site you are downloading from is a reputable and safe source. If your computer is too far beyond repair you shouldn’t just throw it away, consider to Sell computer parts.