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Malware or malicious files/programs are threats to your device and data. Malware like viruses, spyware, Trojan Horses, etc. can create various problems on your system. If you want to keep the system secured, you have to remove all the malware from your device. But preventing, detecting, and removing malware is not easy. If you want to keep the system protected from various threats, you should take multiple measures.


Install a reliable antivirus on your system


The basic and good measure against malware infection is the antivirus. Users should install good anti-malware on the system. Check for the antivirus programs which offer real-time protection. In real-time protection, your antivirus will detect the virus the moment it enters the system. When your antivirus detects the virus, it removes the virus and protects the device. 


If your antivirus does not provide real-time protection, you can detect the virus only when you run the scan. If you didn’t run the scan for days, the virus would multiply and corrupt lots of your files and data. So, users should always go for the best antivirus, providing real-time protection and security from all types of dangerous malware. 


You also have to take care of the antivirus from errors. If your antivirus shows Norton error 8504 5, then you have to fix it immediately. After resolving your antivirus-related errors, open the dashboard and run a full system scan. 


Keep your OS up to date 


Updating your OS is very necessary. The OS team provides you new updates as a fixed patch of the older version. You have to update the OS; otherwise, the viruses may breach the system. Sometimes you can also get the new features on your update. 


If you want to keep the system protected from malware issues, you must update the operating system. Go to the Updates & Security tab of your device. Now check for the new updates for your operating system. Install the updates on the system to protect it from new threats.


Do not install third-party software


Malware can enter on the device with the software. Some software programs look good but carry malware with them. If you want good protection of your device from malware, you should check it before installing it. Go to the web and read the rating and reviews of the software. Also, check the number of downloads. 


If the program has fewer downloads, then you should not install it on your device. Some third-party programs offer the free or pirated version of the premium tools. But you should remember that nothing is free. If they are providing a tool for free, then they are stealing your privacy. 


These third-party tools can have spyware, adware, etc. which can steal your data. These types of malware programs can corrupt the system files and interrupt other programs. Spyware can monitor your activity on devices and steal information such as passwords, bank details, etc.


Use a firewall 


The Internet is the home to lots of dangerous malware. Restricting the internet on your device is not a choice. You need an internet connection for your professional as well as personal work. The only way is to minimize the malware threats. 


If you use the internet, then use a firewall on your device. Check the inbuilt firewall of the system. If you have an inbuilt firewall, then enable it. The firewall will check the incoming data and protect the network from malware. 


When the firewall detects malware or any suspicious data packets, it blocks the network. A firewall won’t allow malicious data packets to enter your network. Some firewalls also check the outgoing data. If the firewall finds any data traveling outside the system without your knowledge, it will block the network and prevent data theft issues.


Do not connect suspicious flash drives


Users should not connect flash drives or CDs that are not reliable. Viruses can enter the system with the help of shareable gadgets. It would be best if you only used the safe flash devices on the system. When you connect the flash drive, scan it before loading. If it has any malware, then eject it and then scan your device. Use all the possible means to prevent malware dangers on your system.