All of us remember when we got our first car, the first computer and……….. the first computer virus. If your computer got one or more viruses, that is attributable to a human error.

You may have opened an infected attachment by mistake or missed out the latest antivirus update, or probably don’t know that computers need to be constantly patched to prevent threats.

In this scenario, users can stop bad habits that can put the computer at risk and learn appropriate behaviors that can extend the lives of their machines instead.

Keep Your Antivirus up to Date: Keeping your antivirus up to date is a task that can be done manually and requires just that mindset oriented to the prevention of infections. Scanning periodically the computer for viruses is also a very good idea because it will remove infections that had gotten inside your pc or laptop. I would scan my machine every week.

Integrate the Antivirus Program with an Anti Malware Product: Never install two antiviruses in your computer: it will stop working and will crash all the time! Install instead an antivirus, an antimalware like Malware Bytes and an antispyware program to get rid of the junk that infects your browser.

Install Security Patches: Security patches are fixes that allow your machine to be defended against malware. Sometimes hackers get into computers by exploiting vulnerabilities embedded into unpatched programs like Adobe PDF Reader. On the other hand, some patches fix malfunctions that sometimes do not allow users to use the software properly. If the flaws make your system vulnerable to exploitation, the software maker creates patches to address specific vulnerabilities.

Having a Good Computer Hygiene: No matter what operating system you are using, Internet protection is always needed. Do not think that Macs are immune from viruses. If you download an app from a website and not from the Apple store, your risk of getting infected is quite high. Moreover, a software firewall is a good protection for your computer because it blocks incoming bad things such as worms, Trojan horses and viruses.

Change the DNS Settings of your PC: Users don’t know where the Internet traffic they generate gets queried from. Have you ever asked yourself everytime that you type a website’s name at www.typeddomain.com what happens? The computer asks the DNS server of your ISP to pull out the website you are looking for. The problem with this search is that even your ISP does not know if the website you are looking for is a fake or a real one. In order to solve the problem, there are companies like Open Dns that offer clean search results by excluding from the Internet search bogus websites. In order to join this services, open an account with a DNS provider and change the DNS settings in your network card (NIC).

As you can see, computer hygiene is a series of steps that users periodically can take to avoid infections from coming in and to get rid on time of the malware that just got installed.