25 Best Ways To Prevent Viruses And Malware

Posted by , Updated on January 22, 2019

These days the best way to prevent viruses and malware is to stay off the internet. Unfortunately, that’s not practical. You need better options. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. Because, let’s face it, no one wants to deal with those nasty malware and viruses. Having your data corrupted and your hard disk rendered inoperable is your worst nightmare. Imagine all those memories of old pictures, all that hard work, all that data erased in an instant when viruses and malware attack your computer. To make matters worse, reformatting is a big hassle. It’s best to stop viruses and malware in their tracks before they wreak havoc. As they say, prevention is better than treatment. And to help you accomplish these preventive measure, here are the 25 best ways to prevent viruses and malware.


Individual precaution when opening emails coming from friends

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People have a higher chance of avoiding viruses when they scan their email-attachments first before opening them. If something looks suspicious and is in a video file, chances are that it should not be opened. An anti-virus scanner must be attached as a way to defend the computer from any randomly downloaded file from the internet.


Making extra precaution of installing up to date anti-virus

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The anti-virus offered by internet service providers will not be enough to protect the entire computer system from virus or spyware infection. For this reason it would be better to install additional free anti-malware programs for adequate protection. A business grade anti-virus software needs to be installed to protect the PC all throughout the day.


Perform daily scans

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Despite the fact that anti-virus tools and anti malware tools are installed, it would still be best to perform daily scans to make sure that no virus escapes the systems. There can be a high volume of viruses entering the system everyday and the only way to reduce the damage is to scan the files daily. Via daily scanning problems can be isolated.


Avast free-of-charge anti-virus


The creators of Avast anti-virus have made sure that it is faster than ever. The creators have found a way to provide clear instruction for installing and uninstalling programs by just clicking a simple check box. It provides sufficient protection from viruses like trojan and worms.




Superantispyware is considered to be an all in one anti-virus system. It can be used to fight spyware, adware, trojans, worms, keyloggers, parasites, rootkits, and rogue security products including the removal of malware. It is light on the system and will not slow down the computer while doing its job.


Use a firewall


This is a basic rule that all computer users need to understand. Although the use of a firewall is not that effective for internet worms, it is still vital when fighting infection from the user’s own network. It will provide better control over the moves of the computer both in and out.


AVG Internet Security


This protection is perfect for home and business use, it involves the assistance of expert internet security specialists. It’s constantly updated, has advanced features, and it can be used to fight viruses, spyware, trojans. Plus, it can help prevent identity theft as well as other web exploits. It can also protect people who are using Instant Messenger even when using Local Area networks.


Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.


It can prevent direct malicious software like Mydoom, Sasser, as well as Blaster. After solving the issue, it will provide a detailed report explaining the outcome. In order to get new updates delivered users need to go to the Automatic Updates once a month. It will effectively warn users about the viruses that have entered.


Avira AntiVir 10 R


Version 10 offers an improved way of removing malware including the remnants. However users need to be careful because fake AV is being circulated on the web. It makes use of the shadow copy function which allows the antivirus to scan and locked the current files being used. It also has a simplified UI on detecting malware for the benefit of the users.


Immunet Protect Review: Cloud-based Anti-Virus Software


This received a high recommendation rate due to the fact that it can work with other anti-malware software. There is no need to disregard other anti-virus protection being used because it can provide collective immunity and cloud-based protection. The installation is also quick and will not allow any new installation without checking it first.


Housecall Trend Micro


Household Trend Micro is a state of the art anti-virus program that can identify and remove trojans, worms, unwanted browser plugins that slow down the computer including other malware software. It contains an intuitive interface and performs faster. It’s effective in detecting the latest threats and can specify which folders should be scanned and which folders should be used.


Panda Active Scan


It provides a fast, resource light scanning effect and also has proactive internet security against malware and viruses. It will be able to inform the user which files are infected in order to be able to apply early solutions before the virus can spread and corrupt other files.


Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Version


It contains everything that a computer user needs to have when it comes to staying safe and secure while browsing online. It can be used to protect transactions at work, while processing bank transactions including shopping and playing online. The users can stay-up- to date using Kaspersky Internet Security. It’s easy to access and understand.


Microsoft Security Essentials


This is reliable free antivirus software released by Microsoft. It provides a basic virus scanner and also provides protection against malware and spyware as well as live system security. It can easily be downloaded in several formats and is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows XP. It also comes in 20 different languages making the instructions easier to understand.


Ad-Aware and Avast-Free-Antivirus


Ad-Aware provides free antivirus protection including anti-malware protection. It has been made to bundle up with the Google chrome installer but has optional features just in case another browser is preferred. It is effective in preventing rogue programs from auto-starting on Windows and cleaning the computer.


Sophos Threat Detection


Sophos gives the user the freedom to decide when they will like to run the program. It does not auto-start and it can provide a 30 day evaluation of the system using the Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection. It is able to ensure zero-day threats due to the Genotype Protection. This is usually used as a business antivirus segment.


Bit Defender Online Full Virus Scan

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It also comes with BitDefender Online scanner which double checks the computer and network drives for other online virus. It has a network drive and full system scanning. Users have the option of controlling what will happen to the virus, spyware, and malware that are found in the system and can export these in an HTML file format.


ThreatSense Scanning Technology


ThreatSense is a user-friendly tool that can remove malware on PC. It comes with a scanning technology and makes use of an ESET smart security NOD32 antivirus. It can be accessed by simply using the web browser and is known for its accuracy and ability to clean the computer system for efficient usage. It can also quarantine infected files in the process.


ESET Online scanner


For effective solution against malware, ESET Online scanner offers a premium security package that contains an all-in-one solution that includes cleaning of infected machines and an online armor firewall for online attacks.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware


Emisoft is used to protect computer systems against worms, spyware, viruses, dialer and also has an impressive dual engine scanner that has a background guard that can block new infections using signature based file guards and behavior blocker. It also has surf protection and automatic updates.



Hitman Pro


One of the best things about Hitman Pro is that it can distinguish between legitimate software without signatures and spyware. It also contains multi-language support for Dutch and German speakers. It also scans quickly and creates a restore point even before it will remove the Trojans and other forms of viruses.


Iobit Malware Fighter


Iobit Malware fighter is effective for startup items, file guard, network protection, cookie guard as well as browser settings. Those who have the licensed version can also use the USB disk guard, process guard and would be able to detect malicious activity. Best of all, it also makes use of digital original gene to check the risk status of the program.


Outpost Security Suite Pro: All-in-One Protection for Windows PC


This antivirus program does its work by checking PDF files to see if it is infected with a malware file. It makes use of 4mb only which means it will not impede computer processing and it can scan quickly. It can scan about 68, 207 files in 10 minutes and can get to a full system scan in just 2 hours.


Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 6.1


Webroot is considered to one of the best in the antivirus category due to its amazing removal capabilities. It has earned the West Coast lab’s Checkmark certification and has gotten the VB100 award. It can stop a majority of viruses, spyware or malware that it will encounter.


F-Secure Anti-Virus 2013


F-Secure Anti-Virus provides advanced protection technology including an integrated security feature. It can effectively locate and remove rootkits and can also protect emails, cookies and different forms of malware that are trying to get inside the PC registry.F-Secure has an advanced A+ rating from AV comparatives and it scans in a straightforward manner.

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