Download Safe: Tips to Avoid Malware

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One of the most common causes for computers to be repaired is because they are infected with malware. Malware is a computer program that has been installed onto your computer, probably without your knowledge, that is forcing your computer to do things you don’t want it to do. This can be anything from gathering information about you and sending it to advertisers to stealing your passwords and identity.

Becoming infected with malware can happen very easily if you are downloading software from the internet. Here are some tips to avoid malware while still being able to download and enjoy programs from the web.

Know the Publisher

The first thing that you should do is try to find out as much as you can about the publisher of the software. The easiest way to do this is by checking out their website. Does it look unprofessional? Are there lots of pop-up ads and things to click on that seem to lead nowhere? Are there advertisements for less than reputable websites on their site? All of these things can be seen as an indication of a disreputable publisher.

If the website doesn’t have a lot of information or still leaves you wondering, do a search on the company and see what others have to say about them. If someone has had a bad experience, you are sure to find a report of it out there.

Read the Install Screens

Eventually when you find the program that you want to install, you are going to have to run the installer. There are some key warnings that can pop up during the install process that might warn you to the presence of malware. Taking the time to read each of the install screens can clue you into the fact that the software is asking you to install programs you did not want to install.

While you may have been conditioned to just click “I accept” to move on to the next screen, you may find it interesting what you are actually accepting. Many installers have disguised malware as an “I accept” screen during the installer. If there is a “skip” or “no thanks” button on the same screen as the “I agree” button, you are better off clicking one of those.

Make Sure your Anti-Virus is Running and Up to Date

If you have been getting the message that you are 674 days out of date and you need to click to update, it might be time to heed the advice of the popup in the corner. Anti-virus software is your front line of defense to avoid malware on the internet.

Don’t want to pay? That’s alright. There are some very good free anti-virus software packages out there. They work as well as the pay ones and provide you with protection you are going to need when downloading.

Unfortunately, even the most diligent defenses may not be enough to avoid malware, especially if it is a brand new virus. If you need help getting the internet flu off of your computer, contact the service experts at Computer Renaissance Cobb.

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