People using computers have to deal with things that will affect the latter’s performance, with or without their knowledge. The most knowledgeable, or geek as many call it today, are vigilant against these attacks because they know very well how it can destroy the system of their computers and even lose some of its files.
For the average user, they will never know what is affecting their computer other than notice something unusual from its behavior. The most common trait that computers display when they are infected is its performance being slow. The most common suspect is a virus, but this may be spyware, adware or malware. To avoid these things from infecting your computer, here are ways to prevent them.
Install an anti-malware or anti-virus software.
This sounds like a lot, but many anti-virus software these days come with anti-spyware, anti-adware and many other tools that will aid in keeping the computer infected and have its performance affected. Many computers are installed with this by default, but because they usually eat up a lot of the computer’s performance and speed, many users delete them from their computers, thus opening their system to outside threats.
There is a way to keep the anti-virus software in check and that it doesn’t have to eat up a lot of computer memory – by adding more RAM. Leave it to the professionals to add more RAM to a computer if you do not know how to do it. If you are adventurous enough, you can look for video tutorials on how to install RAM into your CPU.
Keep the software updated.
After you have acquired a protection software, it is also your responsibility to keep it updated. Many viruses, malware, adware, and spyware get aggressive and crafty with their approach in affecting computers, so it is also the software company’s responsibility in making sure that their clients are well-protected against new threats every day. If you own a Windows-powered computer, it comes with its defense software that gets updated automatically. This is offered for free, not to mention most users are not even aware this is provided and is running behind the scenes. While it may seem it doesn’t have any work doing, it is a very decent protection software.
Run regular scanning.
Most virus scanners already have their regular scanning schedule in set by default, but you can change this if you want. Make sure you don’t turn it off as it will open your computer to threats instead. Set it up during installation and run the schedule of regular scanning in intervals. The most preferred schedule should be done once a week, but make sure you don’t wait too long in between scans. It will be difficult to work with your computer while the scanning is going on. The best time to perform the scanning is at night when you are not using your computer, or it can be at any time of the day when you aren’t using it.
Keep the OS current.
Like with your anti-virus software, you should also have your operating system updated. OS developers are doing the same thing that anti-virus software companies are doing, too – they issue various security patches that will fix and even plug up security leaks. The patches they send to your OS will aid in keeping your system always secure.
Secure the network.
Many computers are connected to various computers or even the internet through Wi-Fi connection. To keep it from being accessed by unauthorized users, make sure you make a very strong password and change it when necessary.