Run anti-malware and anti-virus programs regularly to ensure your computer is not bugged and sending information, audio or video out to unauthorized users. Keep your operating system and programs current to help patch out any vulnerabilities.
- Install a trusted anti-malware application
Downloading an anti-malware application such as Malwarebytes is just as important as an anti-virus program. Free anti-malware programs include Malwarebytes or Glary Utilities.
- Install a trusted anti-virus application
Free anti-virus applications include Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast. Numerous anti-virus programs are also available for purchase, including Kaspersky and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
- Run both programs regularly
Anti-virus programs are typically always running, but they conduct scheduled deeper scans at least weekly, if not more frequently. Anti-malware should also be run at least weekly. A suite such as Glary Utilities also cleans up your computer and makes it run faster.
- Run Windows or Mac updates
Always keep all your applications and operating systems current. Many seemingly minor patches offered by Microsoft or Apple are designed to help stop vulnerabilities that could leave your computer exposed. Many anti-virus and anti-malware programs, including Avast Antivirus and Glary Utilities, have begun adding software updaters to remind you when software becomes outdated or new features are added.