Malicious software (malware) can cause havoc to a computer and may compromise personal information. Malware is a term used to describe a wide range of damaging software that includes viruses, worms and spyware. Often created by hackers, this type of software is usually easier to avoid than to remove.
Prevent malware from infecting your PC by considering the content that you are downloading or installing. If you plan to install software from a website it is important that you make sure the site is trustworthy before going ahead.
It is common for pop-up windows to appear as you browse online. Some will encourage you to accept a free scan or download software. Pop-ups may include a ‘Close’ button but beware as the link could trigger a virus.
The safest way to close pop-ups is via the Windows Task Manager. Open the Task Manager by pressing down Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Left click the application that you wish to close and then select ‘End Task’.
Never trust any spam emails and also be wary of unusual messages from contacts that contain links or attachments. If you aren’t completely sure about what you are being asked to open or install it is safer to leave it.
For added protection consider installing some security software. If you are looking for a free version, we recommend AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials which are both good anti-malware solutions. They help to protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
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