It is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your computer from viruses to insure a clean backup of your system. With a little attention you can keep your computer free of viruses and protect your files. Whether using an external hard drive or using the preferred method of an online backup service like ElephantDrive, you can prevent viruses from being backed up along with your files and the need for file recovery.

The number one thing you need to do to protect your computer from the onset of viruses is to install a good anti virus software. You have to spend a little money here but it is money well spent to give you the best protection. The two most reputable brands are Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. Make sure to regularly update the software to protect against the newest threats. Run your virus scanner at least once a week.

Viruses take on many forms and one way they like to invade your computer is through three tracking software known as; adware, spyware and malware. To get rid of these pests, you can use free anti spyware programs that will remove these programs from your computer. Download “AdAware”, “Spybot – Search and Destroy” and “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” to keep your computer safe and virus free. Run these on a regular basis.

There are many things that you can do within your Windows operating system to keep your computer safe. Make sure to update all available updates that your web browser alerts you to. Also, make sure you computer is protected by having a firewall against hackers. Windows has a firewall setting in the security section, so make sure it is turned on at all times. Another simple precaution that you can take to protect your computer is setting your web browser security to high. Yes, you are going to get hit with constant warning messages, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Be aware that viruses travel through email attachments. Do not open links or attachments from people that you do not know. Sometimes friends can have an infected file that they forward so be wary of opening a file before finding out if it’s safe. Beware of .zip files in your email because these are a hacker’s best friend. By just taking a little time and avoiding the obvious you can protect your computer from deadly infections.