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One of the most common places to get a virus or spyware is from web browsing. There are many websites that are waiting for you to make a mistake so they can install some type of virus or malware on your system. Due to this, it is important to use some caution when surfing the web. The following guide has some tips to help you avoid getting malware from your web surfing.
Internet explorer in the past has had security issues which has made Firefox a better choice when it comes to web browsing security. However, Microsoft has put a great deal of effort into improving internet explorer security. Due to this, I think either IE or Firefox are good choices when it comes to choosing a browser. No matter what browser you choose to use, make sure download and install any recommended updates. A lot of times these updates may fix a found security problem.
Anti-Virus Guard and Firewall
I would recommend having a good anti-virus program installed that has a Virus guard with it. Also, make sure you have this feature of your virus program on. To go along with this, if you are running Windows, make sure you have the firewall on as well. The combination of good antivirus protection and a firewall can help prevent a lot of problems.
A common place to get a virus is from a bad download. I would recommend only downloading files from known and trusted websites. I have seen a lot of people get a virus trying to download music from an untrusted website or torrent.
Spotting a Bad Website
Spotting a bad website can be tough to do. I have to admit that I have stumbled upon many bad websites in my time. However, what you do after you get to the untrusted website can save you from getting a virus. If you find a website that is horribly designed, pop-ups tons of windows, and maybe even causes your anti-virus program to pop-up an alert it is best to get away from that website. Make sure you close any popups. You should also follow the recommended action of your virus to delete/quarentine any viruses/spyware.
Installing Windows Updates
If you are a Windows user, make sure you download and install any Windows updates that are recommended for your computer. Sometimes these updates close security holes that were found in Windows.
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