Computers have become an important part of our life. This is the reason why a computer or PC user should learn to keep it protected and updated to carry out their necessary tasks in an uninterrupted manner. Here are five important tips to help you keep your Windows PC in the best possible condition and protect it from viruses and other malicious programs.

  1. Go For the Latest Windows OS: Are you still using Windows XP? If so, you are lagging way behind. It’s time to go for Windows 7 or 8. The latest Windows operating system has several adorable features and more secure than its earlier OS. Moreover, Microsoft has stopped releasing updates for XP users, and thus they can experience serious security related issues. So, it will be safer and sensible for you to upgrade to a newer version of the Windows OS.

  2. Enable Windows Update: Microsoft keeps releasing updates for the users of the latest Windows OS. It automatically gets installed onto the user’s system. However, you need to make sure that your Windows has been enabled to receive the update and get it installed onto your PC. You can go to the “Windows Update” window to find out if there is any update available for download.

  3. Use Updated Software: You may have several software programs on your computer and you need to make sure that you have the most updated versions of all of them. Windows never updates your other software and you need to rely on Ninite Updater or Software Informer Client to make sure if your software needs to be updated. Old versions of the software are often vulnerable to security threats and thus you need to update them periodically.

  4. Beware of hackers and scammers: Hackers and scammers always try to lure you by designing different offers for you. One of the common ways is to send you software or anti-virus updates and pursue you to download those malicious programs. Beware of those tricks. Never try to download any update sent to your inbox. Windows and software updates are automatic process or you may download the updates from the website of the respective software companies.

  5. Install Anti-virus: Last but not the least you can never afford to ignore a reliable anti-virus program for the round-the-clock protection of your computer system. You need to make sure it is updated regularly and should scan your computer periodically to detect any malicious program installed onto your system.

Finally, it is always better to stay alert and detect issues and problems as early as possible. As soon as you detect something problematic, start the corrective measures such as virus scanning and updating your Windows. However, if you still face some issues, it is advisable to call an expert who can quickly start the damage control. Viruses and malware can not only steal your data, but can also harm your computer and the software installed onto it. Remember the old proverb, ‘A stitch in time saves nine’?