Malware Prevention best practices & tips for Windows
Help me!! How I can prevent my system from malware? Discuss here the important tips for malware prevention.
I call it "practicing safe computing" and that involves remembering first and foremost that the user is ALWAYS the weakest link in security. From there, it is up to the user to keep the system updated with current updates and patches, secured behind a decent firewall and antimalware solution, and avoiding risking behavior.
By keeping current, that means letting Windows Update keep your system updated automatically or by manually running Windows Update regularly (daily is recommended). That also means keeping your security programs and other installed programs updated too.
Fortunately Windows Firewall is all you need (and what I use) but a good 3rd party alternative is good too. Just not two at once. There are many anti-malware solutions but I use and recommend the free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7 and I use Windows Defender (WD) with Windows 8 and Windows 10. WD is an updated version of MSE and is built into W8 and W10. One of the key advantages of MSE/WD is they get their malware definition/signature file updates via Windows Update so no need to worry about another update process.
I also recommend running a supplemental scanner occasionally just to make sure your primary scanner (or you, the weakest link) didn't let something slip by. I recommend and use Malwarebytes's Anti-Malware (MBAM) and just for the record, since switching to MSE/WD in 2009, nothing has slipped by.
Finally, avoid risky behavior. This includes not heeding the above advice, but also avoiding participation in illegal filesharing via Torrents and P2P sites, not visiting illegal pornography or gambling sites or other "seedy" places badguys visit, and not being "click-happy" on unsolicited downloads, attachments and links.
You stick to the above safe computing practices and you should be able to keep your system clean from malware.
7th August 2015, 12:05 #4
Thanks for your answer Digerati.
Last edited by hackerman1; 7th August 2015 at 13:37.