Running a program brings risks most of the time, especially if you often disregard about the security of your Windows 7 system. For instance, a program that is run by a normal user can easily change the computer’s registry, which means it will start every time you start up your computer. Sometimes, a utility that is designed to improve your operating system can alter the registry using methods that works in other Windows version but not in Windows 7. Viruses and other kinds of malware can also modify your system files, which results to your computer to behave erratically.

With all of these to consider, how do you protect your system from any untrusted software. If you’d like to know more, check out these essential preventive measures below and be educated.

1. Use Your Antivirus

This is one method that most people often take for granted. There are malware programs that are known to prevent antivirus from running properly. Because of this, it is highly recommended to scan the file before installing it in your system.

Performing a scan should not take more than a minute, and it’s definitely worth your time and effort. If you don’t have any antivirus program installed yet, you can try out Microsoft Security Essential as one of your as a solid layer of protection.

2. Check Digital Signatures

Various files include signature to provide additional information about the developers who created the file. Virus and other malware program normally does not include this information. To check a file for its signature and discard those suspicious software, right-click on the target file, then select Properties. If the said program has a tab for signatures, then you will know that it is digitally signed.

However, keep in mind that not all legitimate programs are signed. This option will only help you eliminate the probability of a virus if the program happens to have a signature information.

3. Create a Restore Point

Whenever you perform something risky on your computer, make sure to create a restore point first. These “risky” activities include installing a new antivirus suite or a new driver. Creating a restore point allows you to restore the system back to an earlier time before changes are made. To create a restore point, follow these steps:

On the search field, type “create restore point” in the search field, then click it from the search result.

Under the System Protection tab, click the Create button.

The system will now ask for a name for that restore point and create it. You may want to provide a descriptive name so you can easily identify it.

4. Create a Standard User

Windows 7 creates its first user with administrative rights, which means it has the permission to do almost everything on your computer. The best way is to create just a standard user for your everyday use. Below are the steps on how you can create a standard user in Windows 7:

On the search field, type “user accounts” then select Add or remove user accounts from the search results.

Click the Create a new account link.

Type the name you want to set for the standard user, then make sure to select Standard user.

Click the Create Account button.

5. Block Suspicious Program from Web Access

There are lots of viruses that use the Internet to look for updates. Other kinds of malware, the keylogger for example, send every key you type to the Internet. So if you’re not sure of the program, it’s recommended to block its access to the Web. Follow the instructions below if you want to do this on your Windows 7 PC.

On the search field, type “windows firewall advanced” then click on Windows Firewall with Advanced Security from the search result.

Right-click on Outbound Rules, then select New Rule.

Select the type of rule you want to create. In this case, we’re going to block a normal program, so select Program, and then click Next.

Select Block the connection, then click Next.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:27:38 PM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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