You get a warning
“If an anti-virus warning pops up, don’t ignore it,” says Adam Dean, security specialist at GreyCastle Security. And don’t presume it has removed the virus, either. “If you see a malware detection by anti-virus software, assume it’s letting you know you have an issue, not that it has deleted the virus,” he says.
How to protect your computer from hackers
The best way to avoid infection is to have a solid, reputable antivirus/antimalware program installed on your computer, says Troy Wilkinson, CEO of Axiom Cyber Solutions. Fortunately, even advanced antivirus/antimalware solutions are not expensive. “These cost just a couple of dollars a month, so there really is no valid reason not to use one. But if you get infected, spyware can run hidden in the background, silently collecting your information and could cost you hundreds or thousands in the long run.”
Here are other tips for protecting your computer from hackers and spyware:
• Avoid interacting with pirated material
• Don’t open suspicious emails or click on suspicious links
• Make sure you use strong passwords
• Don’t use USBs that aren’t yours
• Use a firewall
• Keep your computer updated
• Use multi-factor authentication
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