6 Tips On How To Avoid Viruses and Spyware

virus detected on circuit boardWHETHER IT’S A BRAND NEW MacBook Pro or a ten year old desktop computer, all technical devices are susceptible to viruses or spyware. Viruses can cause severe damage to any technical device, corrupting its system which can lead to a loss of important data. Computer owners and businesses often experience a loss of money and unnecessary added stress which could easily have been avoided. Whether opening an infected email attachment or browsing an infected website, viruses spread like wildfire in the blink of an eye corrupting your system. Will Power PCS wants to give you some important tips to help you avoid the threat of these viruses and spyware.

#1- Antivirus Software

This may be one of the easiest most useful things that you can do to avoid becoming infected with a virus or spyware. Yet, many consumers don’t want to spend the time or money on installing the software which ends up being their biggest mistake. Installing an antivirus software onto your device can help you avoid these threats. It is important to note that you will want to install quality antivirus software. Most of the free antivirus applications do not provide enough protection against viruses. A quality antivirus software typically updates a few times throughout the day checking more often for a potential threat which will help reassure you that you are being monitored on a regular basis.

#2- Anti-Spyware Protection

Anti-Spyware programs are much like antivirus software in that they help prevent and block spyware and other malware infections on technical devices. These programs are essential in protection since they monitor incoming data from websites, email servers, file downloads, etc. Some Anti-Spyware Protection Software protect only against spyware, whereas other programs will protect from spyware as well as viruses. It all depends on how much protection you want.

#3- Perform Scans Daily

Running a virus scan on your PC is one of the best defenses that you can do for keeping your system free of potential threats. A good antivirus scan program has tools that will allow you to schedule a daily virus scan to take place automatically. The scan will search your system for threats of viruses and spyware. The scan will maintain a log of information on what it has found and, if possible, it will attempt to repair any damage that may have occurred. This proactive protection helps by recognizing threats that may infect your system and identifying them from the start.

#4- Use A Firewall

A firewall can offer security against malicious software and unwanted hackers. If your device is connected to the internet, then you are already at risk of an attack from a virus or spyware.  A firewall works as a shield which stands between cyberspace and your device and protects against these potential threats. Although a firewall provides ultimate protection to help keep your PC safe from unauthorized access, it unfortunately cannot remove malware from an infected system. Therefore, a firewall should be used in conjunction with other proactive measures, such as anti-virus software, to strengthen your resistance to attacks.

#5- Network Security

Network security is the protection of access, misuse, and hacking of files within a computer network system. Many of our PCs are connected to our files, printers, and the Internet by means of Wi-Fi. It is important that your system requires a password to access it and that the password is solid and secure. Never access an open Wi-Fi connection. It is important to keep the name of your Wi-Fi network private and secure. You can still access it with your device by typing in the name of your Wi-Fi network and password. This will help to keep your connection and network safe and secure and will always give you peace of mind knowing you are taking the necessary precautions.

#6- Backup Your Data

One of the best tips that we can give you is to backup your important data at all times, just to be safe. If you have your data saved on a separate storage device and/or on an external hard drive, then you will feel safe knowing that even if you do encounter a devastating virus or spyware, you will still have your important data saved elsewhere.

Will Power PCS offers a complete list of spyware and malware protection options for both residential and business clients. Call us today at (518)892-4419 for a free quote or to speak with one of our computer technicians to find out how we can help.

Resources:

https://redshift.autodesk.com/10-tips-on-how-to-prevent-malware-from-infecting-your-computer/

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-ways-to-avoid-viruses-and-spyware/

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/threatsaurus/safety-tips/how-to-avoid-viruses-trojans-worms-and-spyware.aspx


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Slammy Jammy
Slammy Jammy
23:16 17 Oct 19
I went into will power Pc and when I had an issue with my purchase he went out of his way to resolve the problem, making my pc macOS compatible overnight!
Tezzy Bear
Tezzy Bear
03:25 13 Oct 19
Very accommodating and willing to answer any question you have and knows what he is talking about. His prices are very reasonable and tries his best to meet your needs--has done this for me many times.
john babcock
john babcock
22:36 20 Aug 19
Used this shop twice. Amazing both times. Recommend to any one.
Patricia Yager
Patricia Yager
12:30 30 Jul 19
This is the place to do business with. Their service contract includes remote service, which is great, because the issues always arise during non-business hours. We just purchased a new laptop from them, and software was loaded remotely. Will is very knowledgeable and honest. We have been doing business with him for years.
Cornelius Tavarres
Cornelius Tavarres
12:26 10 Jun 19
Fantastic Experience!Will designed us an awesome website in a timely manner for our new business . The price of the website was very very reasonable and any adjustments that were needed to the website was done immediately. Very very professional guy. I would recommend him to any new or old business that are looking to develop a new website. Awesome job Will. Thank you!!!!!!
Jen Orapello
Jen Orapello
23:40 06 Jun 19
First of all, Will stayed late the night I was going crazy finding somewhere reliable to drop off my external hard drive (which all of a sudden was no longer functioning). I called up to see how late they were open and he offered to stay a little later (since I was still a bit of a drive away) so that I could drop it off. He took a look the very next day and when he knew he couldn’t replace the part I needed right there in the shop, he assured me that another company he partners with for work like this is also good at what they do. He was right. It took a bit of time because my drive did not cooperate at first, but I am so grateful that I was able to get back all of the important files and photos that I had not yet backed up (lesson learned!). Will always got back to me when I had questions and even reached out again after everything was completed to make sure that I received everything with no trouble. I am very pleased with, and appreciative of, the service I received with Will Power PCs. I definitely recommend them to anyone in need of computer services! Thanks again so much!
david brown
david brown
13:32 28 May 19
Will Pitt reached out to me being a business next door. Since, we have done a half dozen projects together & he is by far the most knowledgeable & price friendly person/company I have dealt with within his genre.
Mike DiCocco
Mike DiCocco
23:53 13 May 19
William was patient and quick to help find out what the issue was with my laptop. Very kind and knows his stuff. Would recommend this location if you are having pc issues and need someone to help diagnose and troubleshoot in a timely and professional manner.
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
21:01 25 Apr 19
had a GREAT experience with Will Power PC........very helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. Solved all my issues. Highly recommended.
Dwain Sonnier
Dwain Sonnier
01:59 10 Apr 19
Having just moved to the area and not knowing anyone to recommend a computer repair shop, I went to the web and am very pleased to have found Mr. Pitt. This being my 9th corporate move I must say so far this business experience has been the best for me. He is available 7 days a week and when not with another customer can sign on to your home computer and take care of your urgent needs. For the years of experience he brings to the table, his rates are very appropriate for the high quality work you receive. In fact I was so satisfied with my personal computer, I had him to do some work for the company I work for. I will say, I haven't tried any other computer service in the this area and I will also say I won't. If you have any computer issues, here is the place to take those issues as they are in good hands!
John Fleury
John Fleury
22:12 08 Apr 19
William set up all of our office networking equipment and security for our new location. He is extremely responsive and did an awesome job to make sure our network was operational on our targeted live date. He is highly recommended!
Tabatha Bennett
Tabatha Bennett
14:37 30 Mar 19
Fast, friendly and great pricing! Highly recommended supporting this local business! They deserve it, very happy with my experience.
Steve B
Steve B
19:07 25 Feb 19
Outstanding service!!! My older HP Pavilion p6 desktop computer would turn on but not boot up. Will thoroughly checked it out and made all the necessary repairs. I picked up my computer the same day and it works great!!! Will Power PCs is fast, efficient, thorough, and repairs are reasonably priced. Thanks again Will.
Glenn
Glenn
22:20 11 Jan 18
If you are having computer problems this is the place to go. Had repairs done quickly and at a reasonable price. Everyone was friendly and helpful and I picked up a couple good suggestions.
xScurvy
xScurvy
17:22 03 Jan 18
I had an issue with a brand new computer. Will opened his shop on New Years Day just so I could drop it off! A few hours later I received a phone call, the problem was solved! I didn’t expect to hear back for a few days. Will is fast and efficient.
Shayla Tucker
Shayla Tucker
21:02 02 Jan 18
Excellent customer service! Quickly ordered in the screen I needed to repair my laptop, and had my laptop repaired and returned back to me within an hour of my dropping it off. Thanks so very much!
stephanie roy
stephanie roy
13:44 30 Dec 17
Will most certainly will be my computer specialist from now on. He does fast and very efficient work. My computer is now running like new. His prices are also very reasonable. I have another computer I will be him fix. Needless to say I am a very happy customer.
Dale Hanson
Dale Hanson
22:01 12 Dec 17
William was really helpful towards solving the problems I had. I have a custom desktop and he was able to diagnose my problems and find a solution that didn't require any additional parts. It only took him about 20 minutes to solve the issue too! He was polite when I made silly IT mistakes and even helped me root cause with an additional issue for no extra charge. If I have more issues I will definitely return here.
Jaime
Jaime
00:25 04 Oct 16
Excellent service. My problem was resolved in a very timely manner. Pricing was reasonable and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend Will Power to anyone who needs IT service.
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