How do I avoid getting Viruses, Spyware, and other Malicious Programs?Malware - any software designed to cause damage to a single computer, server, or computer network, whether it's a virus, spyware, etc.
Security software, such as the McAfee, Symantec, Sophos, and AVG to name a few are designed to help prevent these infections. However, the best way to keep your computer safe is to avoid exposing the computer to these infections.
Tips for avoiding Malware:
Do not open an email attachment if you don’t know what it is. Never open an attachment if you do not know the person who sent the email. Messages received via K-mail are safe.
Do not use any file sharing applications, or peer to peer (P2P) software such as:
There is no way to safely download, install, or use these programs.
If you get a message from your computer warning you that it is infected and you need to download software to remove the virus, don’t do it. The computer is already infected. If you download the fake remover, you will make the infection worse. Legitimate software vendors will never uses this technique
If you get pop-ups when opening a web page do not click inside the pop-up windows to close it. Click the red “X” in the upper right corner of the pop-up window. Any buttons inside the pop-up window might cause further difficulties with the computer.
Avoid free downloads unless it is part of a course or is recommended by the instructor for the purposes of completing coursework. Even free downloads that seem to have the most innocent intentions can cause an infection. These include, but are not limited to, the following sources:
- Screensaver downloads
- Online Games
- Sites that offer free virus and spyware Scans