UPDATED: Tips For Avoiding Computer Viruses

Unfortunately, the Internet is an important part of our every day lives. It allows us to find out times and locations, it allows us to find information that we haven’t memorized, and it allows us to do our shopping, too. Anyone who says that we don’t need the Internet is likely mistaken (unless they’re living off the grid). In America, the Internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Yet, there are always some people who get a kick out of trying to disrupt things. They just want to see the world burn, for no reason other than because they can. This is why there are so many computer viruses out there. Viruses can do a number of harmful things to your computer. Usually, the viruses that exist lately are ones that simply open your computer up to the possibility of pop-up advertisements. However, there are some that will do things such as lock up your hardware, erase your files, and even completely destroy your BIOS or other vital computer functions.

This is why you need to have a handle on virus protection. Some of these things are common sense, but there’s a bad habit for people to presume that because something is common sense, everyone has heard it. If you’ve never been told how to avoid viruses, you simply may not know.

First and foremost, always do your Windows updates. It may be annoying to have Windows tell you that you need to reboot when you’re right in the middle of something, but the reason Windows updates so often is in order to fix any bugs in the code that are easily exploitable by viruses. This helps ensure that you’re less likely to get a virus should you accidentally install a program that carries one.

It shouldn’t need to be said, but never click on links from people you don’t know. Just don’t do it. It doesn’t matter why you think the link may be curious, or why you think you may be safe. It’s just easier on everyone if you never click any links given to you by people you don’t already trust.

Make sure you install and update a virus checker. This doesn’t have to be a paid program such as Norton Anti-Virus. In fact, that’s considered one of the worst, most exploitable virus scanners on the market, so maybe it should never be that program. Other virus scanners, like certain versions of Kaspersky, have been known to cause errors on the software itself. One error is with the avp.exe file. Many people think they have an avp.exe virus, but it’s just an issue with the application itself. There are multiple free virus checker programs on the internet, such as AVG and Avast. They offer solid protection and don’t charge you for a basic version. Just make sure you update the program regularly.

These things may seem like common sense to someone who’s been living on the internet for the past ten years, but not everyone knows them. So if you’re one of the people that do, consider yourself lucky to be so computer literate. If you’ve never heard of some of these things, now you know.

UPDATE: Consumers have reported errors with individual files on their Windows-based operating systems. These files are usually executable files (.exe extension) and have caused numerous issues with the ability to properly run the operating system. A common issue is with the dwm.exe file. This process triggers the dwm.exe error for many users. If you have experienced any issues with these types of files, make sure to secure your computer as effectively as possible. Watch this short video for more information about anti-virus and anti-malware programs.

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