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So be careful with what you download. Read product reviews and find out if other people got headaches from using it
Visiting ad-heavy sites If you visit a site and youíre immediately bombarded with pop-up ads, leave immediately. You might click on an ad that activates an automatic download of malicious software to your computer. Here is a list of activities which you should be doing instead
Invest in good antivirus software. Going online without protection of antivirus software is like going out naked in snow. Thatís just how vulnerable an unprotected computer is.
Most antivirus software packages include an internet security program (also known as firewall). A firewall acts as a barricade between you and unwanted content from internet.
When buying antivirus software, itís better to shell out for internet security as well
Once antivirus software is installed in your computer, keep it updated always so it can recognize and remove newly released viruses
Whatever browser you are using, check that its security settings are all in default unless you really know what you are doing.
Periodically delete files that you no longer use
Download spyware- and adware-removal tools and run them at least once a week. Be warned that many of these removal programs are a scam, so make sure that what you download is reliable. You can easily search for product reviews to check if program is legitimate or otherwise
Back up all your important files all time
If possible, have two computers at home. One will be used to connect to internet, and other should not be connected at all. The second computer will act as storage of all your important files so that even if first one crashes, your life wonít be in ruins.
Donít be dependent on removal tools and antivirus software packages, though. A bit of prevention is always worth a megabyte of cure.
Sean Felker is the publisher of the very successful and popular Work at Home and Making Money on the Internet blog: http://making-money-online.blogspot.com