/EINPresswire.com/ SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 10, 2010 ? Computer viruses rank as one of the top causes of computer repair and data loss worldwide, and with the number of new viruses generated daily, there isn’t a single computer in the world that is impenetrable. Preventing infection in the first place is infinitely safer than performing a virus removal, and RESCUECOM has come up with some great tips on how to do so.
1. Take Advantage of Antivirus Software
If the name doesn’t speak for itself, antivirus software is specifically designed to prevent, detect and remove viruses and other malware from your computer. If you don’t have an antivirus program yet, get one and keep it up-to-date so the most recently created viruses don’t slip through any cracks.
2. Choose A Firewall
While antivirus software scans for anything suspicious on your system, a firewall acts as a locked gate between you and the Internet. A good firewall will protect you by evaluating incoming and outgoing data in order to intercept threats and by making your computer appear invisible to hackers.
3. Beware of Email Attachments
Infected files often turn up as email attachments. Even if the email is from a friend, the sender seldom knows they are passing on a virus. You can easily avoid virus removal from these attachments by configuring your email software to have each new piece of mail inspected by your antivirus.
4. Use Caution Downloading
It is easy to be tempted by free games, music and other software applications online, but always verify the site before you download. Do a search online for what people are saying about the site you want to get the free things from. Staying on the safe side will save you from computer repairs time and time again.
5. Stay Up-To-Date
By keeping your operating system and all your software updated, not just your antivirus, you help keep your computer at full-strength by eliminating potential weaknesses. Not only should your computer be kept up-to-date, but you should as well: Stay on top of news headlines so you can steer clear of new viruses.
6. Share Your Knowledge
No matter how much security you build up around your computer’s entryways, the next person to use your computer could download the wrong file causing you to need virus removal. So at RESCUECOM our hope is you will take what you’ve learned from these virus prevention tips and pass it on.
RESCUECOM provides onsite computer repair and support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. RESCUECOM services everything from home computers to super computers, wireless Internet to global networks, hardware to software, e-mail to enterprise resource planning (ERP). In addition to one-time, onsite solutions, RESCUECOM provides ongoing IT management services for businesses. You can visit us online at www.rescuecom.com or speak to one of our computer support specialists by dialing 1-800-RESCUE-PC.
For More Information, Contact:
Josh Kaplan, President of RESCUECOM