Some PC users live and die by their antivirus software and wouldn’t think of going online without it. Other PC users couldn’t care less about antivirus software and only use it when something goes horribly wrong with their system.
Today, we’re going to educate you on the latter approach. Not installing antivirus software has its benefits – including faster performance and more hard drive space – but it can also be problematic if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Without further ado, here’s how to easily keep your computer clean and fast without ever installing antivirus software:
Most software will provide a friendly notification when it needs to be updated. To be sure your computer is running with the most recently-updated software, run Windows Update on a regular basis and don’t be afraid to check software companies’ websites for the latest update news. Software updates will often patch up security holes and fix all sorts of miscellaneous errors.
Just because you don’t have antivirus software installed doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid scanning your system. The company behind antivirus software NOD32 has made a free online scanner available at its website here. Simply run that ESET Online Scanner and it will automatically scan your computer for any viruses or malware. If any viruses or malware are discovered, it will kindly remove them from your system free of charge. What’s not to like?
It’s important to keep track of the internet traffic moving through your computer. The Windows Firewall is a perfectly acceptable way of doing this, as it allows you to easily block or allow programs from accessing the internet in any way, shape or form. But to get enhanced control over the flow of your internet traffic, access your router’s NAT settings.
Today, most viruses and malware attack computers from online sources – like malicious websites. When users visit a malicious website, the site automatically runs a script that installs a dangerous plugin or initiates a suspicious download.
No matter how good your antivirus software is or how many firewalls you have installed, there’s always one weak link in your chain of PC security. And that weak link is you. If the end user routinely downloads dangerous files and installs too-good-to-be-true software on the PC, it’s only a matter of time before the system crumbles.
Be smart about the files you download and never download something that seems too good to be true. Few people give stuff away for free on the internet, and something is always expected in return.