Use HTTPS and Block Malvertizements
Only visit secure sites with HTTPS addresses whenever possible. HTTPS Everywhere ensures that you use the HTTPS version of a site whenever it is available, so that you stay as secure as possible. Use an ad-blocker to avoid malvertizing, spreading malware via advertizements.
Be Cautious Of Unfamiliar Sites
Malware inducing sites may infect a machine with a virus at any click, especially if you’re using outdated software. It is best to get files from reputable sites, such as vendor websites, directly. (For drivers, usually your OS’
Analyze Suspicious Files, Executables, and Websites
VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and websites. It facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. It does this by utilizing over 50 different anti-virus scanners at once.
Proactive Anti-Virus Software
Having a proactive anti-virus software will automatically detect malicious actions or unwarranted downloads.
Keep Software Updated
Keeping software up-to-date not only enhances user experience but also addresses any security vulnerabilities.
Disable “Hide extensions for known file types” in Windows File Explorer. Be suspicious of any files ending in .exe (executable file) or with double endings such as .mp3.exe. Be suspicious of content being downloaded that appears to be smaller in size than expected (example: an HD 2 hour movie as 10MB in size).
Refrain From Altering System Files
Do not alter or otherwise edit system files without understanding what you’re doing. Never take a registry edit from an unknown source.
Only install software that you need. Removing unnecessary software such as toolbars and pre-installed software (software that come in an already built computer) can improve your performance and security. Always select the “Advanced” install option. Take the time to read through the setup process and uncheck anything that you don’t want to install, including toolbars, home page changes, search engine changes, etc.