There are many computer users who don't know how to protect themselves against viruses and malware attacks. They often suffer from these attacks in the form of deleted files, broken system, or even stolen accounts. There are many companies which are claiming to protect you and help you avoid this, but which is the best solution for the regular user?
Computer viruses are programs, designed to spread from one computer to another, or even sent directly to the user, while at the same time they perform different kind of operations on the infected machines.
Viruses could be spread over the Internet via e-mails, infected files and downloads torrents, browser extensions, toolbars and even direct browser attacks (scripts).
In order to protect yourself from viruses and malicious attacks, you should be aware of them. There are two basic ways to understand if the operation you are about to take is dangerous or safe. The first method is to be very careful and limit the access to unknown websites and e-mails, which is not the perfect solution in some cases. The other way is to install trustworthy defense software, which could protect you and your computer from further threats.
A good example of quality anti-virus software is the Norton suite from Symantec. There are few different versions of the program to fit your needs. For example, the Norton Internet Security is one of the best suites for internet protection. It scans everything before it arrives in your computer. If there is any danger, Norton will aware you and avoid infection.
Another software which is able to provide you with a good and stable protection from viruses and hackers is the Kaspersky Internet Security. As well as the Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky scans files and e-mails before they arrive on your hard drive.
Choosing an antivirus program is a matter of personal opinion. Some users may choose a free protection, because they think that this is unnecessary expense, while some others won't give the free software a chance to prove itself, by going with a paid one.
Also there are few other tips you should know:
Keep your browser and operation systems up-to-date.Do not rely on the trial version of any defense software.Even you have installed antivirus software, never do open files that seems dangerous.Use the antivirus software to scan files before you use them. Some antivirus programs can even scan via e-mail, so that you can check if they are safe before they arrive to your computer.
As a conclusion I would like to advise you to keep your important files duplicated on an external drive, since any other types of hardware issues are possible.