Avoiding the 3 Biggest Virus Pitfalls

When it comes to computer repair and maintenance, virus removal is the leading reason for seeking out a repair expert. In fact, over 65% percent of our computer repairs relate to virus and malware issues. Having diagnosed and cured thousands of sick computers, we can definitely assert that most computers are infected via a few simple methods.  

So today, we list the 3 most common methods of contracting a computer virus. We will also describe the ways that you can avoid exposing their machine to these viral threats.

3 MOST COMMON VIRUS INFECTION METHODS

1. SECURITY VULNERABILITIES THAT HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED IN SYSTEM UPDATES

This is just scary: Only 8 percent of computer users ever remember to update their computers. The temptation to close that annoying little pop-up box that says important updates are available and continue your work or play is common. If you want to keep your system running smoothly though, your will must be stronger. Otherwise, you are broadcasting to hackers, “Please, come attack this computer!”

Security patches are most often released once a system vulnerability has been found. In other words, once a virus has infected some poor soul’s computer. By declining, delaying or closing that notification for system updates, you are opting to ignore fixes developed to protect you. In time, the need for professional computer repair will be obligatory for those who keep putting off updates.

The best method we have found for ensuring you are consistently updating your system is to setup a regularly scheduled nightly computer and anti-virus update. Or just get into the habit of doing it every day at the same time.

2. OPENING INFECTED EMAILS

You read that right – this retro method of contracting a virus still exists. Hackers still regularly use email to send viruses to unsuspecting computer users. And don't fall for the myth: you don’t always need to open the attachment to get infected; you can also get a virus from just opening the email in the first place.

That said, every computer user should be extremely cautious about which emails they open. If you see an attachment you didn’t request, call the sender or email them to check that everything is kosher. Also avoid opening emails from people you don’t know as much as possible. These steps may seem paranoid or overcautious, but they are the ideal solution for avoiding professional computer repair and virus removal. 

3. SURFING UNSAFE OR UNVERIFIED SITES

Almost everyone loves to surf the web. But what many of us forget is that the "ocean" of the internet is full of sharks. Some sites have become so infected that you don’t even need to click on anything or download anything to be infected with a nasty virus. Just visiting the page alone can be enough to infect your computer, sometimes causing serious problems with your computer.

The easiest ways to avoid getting infected in this way are to be very careful about which sites you visit, keep your anti-virus software up to date, and use a tool like "Web of Trust", also called WOT. This amazing and powerful tool is available for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. WOT is a free browser tool that maintains a database of known safe sites as well as malicious sites reported by the WOT community. Attempts to visit a known malicious site and WOT warns you in advance. . Remember that where you see a link to an infected site doesn’t matter. If you’re on a fairly safe site, like Facebook, and you click to a malicious site, you’ll still get infected. WOT is designed to prevent that. 

We recommend our Virus Guarantee Program as the best way to avoid a virus infection. This Rethink Associates program automatically updates, scans and protects against viruses, without you having to lift a finger (or clicking down with a finger, as the case may be). If your computer gets infected while it's enrolled in the Virus Guarantee program, we will remove the virus at no additional cost. For those who want a worry-free approach that will preempt the need for computer repair, the Virus Guarantee Program is the way to go.