Hard Drive Recovery Group, a data recovery services provider from Irvine, CA, has just published a blog post which discusses how computer users can protect their Windows 10 unit from viruses. This blog post carries on HDRG’s mission to educate computer users on simple but helpful ways they by which they can safeguard their precious data.
In the post, "How to Secure Windows 10 From Viruses", Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses how you can defend your data from malicious software (AKA malware) using antivirus software. The typical impression people have is that installing a third-party antivirus software is top priority. That was actually true for a time—until Windows 8 came around.
Up until Windows 7, Windows Defender (originally named Microsoft Security Essentials) was offered as a separate download. Since Windows 8, the software is conveniently built-in to all Windows devices, offering users a reliable, hassle-free way to defend their computer against malware. Conveniently, it is also free to use.
Windows Defender also sports a user-friendly interface and functionality. But, despite being free, it is almost as good as its commercial competitors, and is a strong positive of Windows 10, unlike many other issues.
"Computer users typically want to get the best value for their money, that is, getting the best service for the least amount of cash," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. “Windows Defender does arguably the best job of providing computer users the value they need. It’s free, there by default, and does the job seamlessly.”
Apart from the default Windows Defender software, users can also opt to protect their computers from viruses using a diverse selection of antivirus software. Avast and Malwarebytes are particularly reliable choices.
Installing Avast will temporarily disable Windows Defender in order to prevent any conflicts from occurring. Malwarebytes, on the other hand, is good to use in tandem with the default Windows Defender. It protects against viruses and other types of malware as well.
Typically, because of the endless waves of confusing computer jargon, computer users will find It difficult, and, oftentimes, pointless, to tell the difference between viruses and malware. The truth is, malware encompasses viruses and various other types of software as well, such as ransomware, spyware, trojans, etc. Because of this, an antivirus alone is inadequate for computer security, so anti-malware software must also be considered in order to maximize a computer’s security and safeguard the data.
“The fact is that antivirus software can only help you so much,” said Davies. “So, the absolute best way to defend yourself against malicious software is to tread the internet with care. It will be useful to familiarize oneself with spotting malware in disguise. Always be wary of pop-up advertisements and avoid downloading files from suspicious sources.”
Another source that malware can come from are email attachments. Although this will typically come as common sense to younger generations who are more familiar with computers, the elderly are not as informed. Virus infected files may accidentally (or intentionally, through spam) be sent through email
Furthermore, because virus writers are intent on getting past antivirus software, virus programs evolve at the same rate as antivirus software. To overcome this, it is essential to keep antivirus software regularly updated to the latest version.
One can also benefit from reducing the damage done by viruses by regularly backing up data on different media such as clouds or hard disk drives, which are commonly kept unconnected to the computer system. By regularly backing up data, damage is significantly reduced.
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from Hard Drive Recovery Group