posted on May, 8 2008 @ 02:41 PM
Avoiding viruses and malware without paying
Format your hard drive. If you have not been protecting yourself and staying updated, your computer is probably already infected. Manual removal is
possible, but usually tedious and risky.
Reinstall Windows. Immediately go to Windows Update and get all of the security updates. That includes SP2 and more.
If you don't have SP2, there are worms floating around that will cause MS messenger pop ups that say your computer is infected (leading you right
back down the same path).
Do you have high speed? If so, check your ISPs website. I guarantee they have outsourced a job to a major anti-virus company. That means you'll
get free anti-virus, firewall, and spyware protection from a major vendor without paying (hey, you're already paying for it in your cable/dsl bill,
why not use it?).
Download IE7 or Firefox. Both of these have adjusted settings so that you will not be infected by simple activeX scripts. That's important.
With just those four simple steps, I never get viruses or malware. I download like a fiend.
Other than that you just need to use your head. You can go on just about any site, but watch the files that you may be prompted to download.
Don't download a 235kb song (it's probably not a song). Don't download video game cracks (or software cracks). Many of those come with viruses
Other than that, you shouldn't have to worry about anything.