What do you do to protect your computer from being infected by a virus attack?

@mark98 (569)
February 9, 2011 8:45pm CST
Internet threats and risks are precalent in the online world. Viruses,worms,Trojan jorses,spyware,hackers and other malicious code can cause minor annoyances to large-scale damage on computer users' PCs or even their personal identity.How have online threats affected you and what steps do you take now to protect your systems?
6 responses
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
20 Feb 11
I have an anti-virus program installed on my computers, desktop and also the laptop. Every now and then, I would have the program do the scanning of all files, and have then cleaned. That seems to be working quite well, keeping the computers safe.
@amirev777 (3752)
• India
12 Feb 11
hi Yes, just like human bodies, even our computers are subject to so many attacks from viruses, worms, etc besides trojans,hackers, which luckily our body is safe from. What I do is I depend totally on anti-virus to protect my computer from virus. I also make sure that i regularly update the anti-virus.
@genius277 (535)
• Indonesia
12 Feb 11
Using good antivirus and updating it everyday. Always turning on firewall. Turning off autoplay features.
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
11 Feb 11
There are many things that I do. For one, having a good virus scan that could run in the background and take care of those little nasties that plague your computer is a good thing. If they have the ability to protect you from websites that might host some malicious material, so much the better. Running a scan from time to time is really the best thing that one can do for the health of their computer. Also, any strange e-mails should not be opened. Especially those that contain attachments. There is really no easier to way for your computer to get infected then that. Even from e-mail addresses that you know, take the proper steps when handling attachments and scan them to make sure there is not any nasties that are trying to hitch a ride right into your computer. Really the best thing to do is a little common sense and hopefully your computer will have a nice life free of viruses.
@Suave257 (61)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I recently had an issue with my laptop. I now use AVG antivirus to protect my laptop and it works great. I download alot of torrent files and yes some of them are viruses so AVG stops and destroys the threat before i can do something to install it. Works very good for me.
@joshvlim (81)
10 Feb 11
I personally learned a lesson with this one, a week ago my brand new laptop got a virus from the usb flask disk I inserted to our office pc, I brought it to my cousin who is a computer engineer for repair after that i told myself that I wont be inserting any flash disk, drive nor usb to my laptop with out manually scanning it for virus and i try to make sure to scan the whole system daily for any viruses, etc.