There are minimal ways that a computer can be infected like spyware, malware, and viruses. We have made this list in the order we believe to be most to least common.
Accepting without reading
Definitely, among the most frequent ways a computer gets infected is when a user accepts what they see on the screen without reading the instant before proceeding.
1. While browsing the Internet, an Internet ad or window appears that says your computer is infected or a distinguishing plugin is demanded. Without fully knowing what it is you are getting, you take the instant.
2. When installing or upgrading a program, you are often asked if you need”additional software” to be set up. Many times, this choice is introduced as a check box, which is already checked. Thus, if you click on”Next” or”OK,” the program considers that as consent, and installs the software — if you need it or not. Because of this, you should be very careful when installing applications. Be certain that you read everything on each screen of the setup procedure before clicking any buttons.
TIP: When installing a program, you’re given the choices between an automatic and custom set up. If you are installing anything in the Internet, we propose doing a custom install to make sure nothing else has been changed or added during the setup.
Downloading any infected software
When downloading any applications (programs, utilities, games, updates, demos, etc.) via the Internet, make certain you’re downloading the application from a dependable source. Make certain to run your downloads via your antivirus and spyware scanners upon completion. As we stated in an earlier section, through the installation procedure, read all prompts about what the application is installing on your computer.
TIP: You can help verify if a site is reliable by using tools like WOT.
Opening e-mail attachments
As a general rule, don’t open email you weren’t expecting to receive. Computers can become infected when users start email attachments which contain malicious code. Even if the message is from a co-worker, friend, or relative, always use caution before opening a connection or downloading an attachment.
Inserting or connecting an infected disk, disc, or drive
Inserting or linking an infected disk, disk, or drive inserted to a computer can infect by a virus. Any disc, disk, or thumb drive connected or inserted into your computer can be infected with a virus. Provided that something is writable, a virus can move from a computer to that disc, disk, or drive. A frequent tactic employed by hackers to gain access to a system is by leaving a thumb drive with malicious code onto it. Then, when a user places the thumb drive in their computer, it will become infected with a virus or trojan horse.
NOTE: The same rule applies to any networked drive or computer. If a different computer has write access to a computer or a drive accessible by your computer, a virus can move between computers on a network.
Visiting unknown links
Anyone, anywhere can create a web site, which is terrific for humanity as a smart, creative, social websites. But, in addition, it means that any malicious individual, anywhere, can produce a site. You should know about this when you see a web site for the first time, and you are not sure what it is.
A malicious site may have the capacity to read files on your computer, move malicious documents to you, or access your sensitive information. Always be careful, also beware of any connection you make it in conversation, email, or SMS.
NOTE: A strategy commonly employed with phishing is to make a link appear to be a legitimate connection, but redirect you to another page or may closely resemble a valid URL.
Not running the latest updates
Lots of the upgrades, especially those connected with Microsoft Windows, are security oriented. Always keep your operating system and apps up-to-date. The plug-ins related to your browser may also contain security vulnerabilities. To be sure that you have the most recent versions, run the Computer Hope tool to test installed plug-ins and their variants. Occasionally these files and programs contain viruses, spyware, trojans, or malicious applications along with what you think you’re downloading.
No antivirus spyware scanner
If you are running a computer with Microsoft Windows, we highly recommended you have some kind of antivirus and malware or spyware security.