What can I do to minimize the risk of a virus attack

What can I do to minimize the risk of a virus attack

Practice safe Internet browsing to protect again a virus attack

  • Restrict access to suspicious websites — Restricting access to suspicious websites is particularly useful if there are multiple users accessing the Internet on your computer. Antispyware products allow you to block certain websites or entire domains.
  • Choose secure passwords.
  • Keep your passwords secure — Do not give your passwords out to anyone or keep them written down in an easily accessible place.
  • Beware of phishing and spam — Do not open emails from unknown senders. Scan all attachments before opening or downloading them. Do not discuss important information via unsolicited emails (or phone calls) without verifying that the sender is authentic. Most legitimate financial institutions will not ask you to give them sensitive account information via email, particularly if it is unsolicited.
  • Use a pop-up blocker — Although not all pop-up windows are malicious, pop-ups can be part of phishing scams or a gateway for virus downloads. Clicking the pop-up windows to close them may install the threat. You can close pop-up windows by pressing Alt F4 on your keyboard or using Task Manager.
  • Learn more about pop-up blockers and how to set them in your respective browser by clicking one of the links below:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Exercise caution with attachments and downloads — Do not open email attachments from unknown users, or from known users if you were not expecting them. Scan all files with a virus scanner before downloading them.
  • Teach children safe Internet practices — If you have children, discuss safe Internet browsing practices with them. You can also use the links above to restrict access to suspicious websites.

Keep your computer protected

    • Back up your important data — Malware infection often leads to total malfunction of the operating system and damage to important data. It is important to regularly back up your important and sensitive data to an external source such as a DVD or an external hard drive. These precautions make it far easier and faster to recover your data in the event of system failure.


    • Do not change default settings unless you are an experienced user — Know the consequences of changing a setting before you alter it. Changing certain system settings may put your computer at risk and should not be done unless you are fully informed of the potential repercussions.


  • Download security patches — Software companies watch closely for new vulnerabilities in their applications and regularly release security updates that eliminate potential threats. It is important to download these security updates as they are released. If you are running Windows, you can learn more about automatic updates from Microsoft. You can also directly download the latest updates from: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.