Ransomware attacks have been making the headlines in recent months, causing concern for hundreds of thousands of businesses that may fall victim to a malware attack. Unfortunately, countless small and medium-sized businesses operate with unsecured or unmonitored technology, leaving them vulnerable should they experience malware in their network. That is why we are launching our 7 Day Malware Prevention Challenge, a one week challenge to better secure, clean, and shield your computer. Prevent malware hacks, backup your data, strengthen your computer, and minimize your chances of getting hacked. Learn more.
Each day may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.
Day 2: Anti Virus Scans
What is Anti-Virus Software?
Anti-virus software is a program designed to prevent, detect, and remove computer viruses or malware. We have seen an increase in ransomware attacks where hackers hold sensitive data ransom. This can put a small business in a bind. We encourage every workstation has anti-virus installed to prevent or remove any malware hibernating deep in your computer.
How to Install Anti-Virus – 4 Steps
1. Shop Around For An Anti-Virus Program
A simple Google search for “Anti-virus Software” will return many results. There are several common free anti-virus programs such as Avast or Norton. We recommend Eset to our clients as it has robust features and proactive monitoring. Do your due diligence in finding the firewall that fits your needs and business.
2. Install Anti-Virus
After purchasing or downloading the anti-virus program, open the installer and follow the instructions for installation.
3. Restart Computer
After installation, you will likely need to restart your computer.
4. Run Scans
Once your computer has rebooted, click on the anti-virus icon to open the program. It should say there is a scan available. Click ‘Run Scan’.
5. Remove Any Detected Malware
After the scan is complete, you may see a list of detected files that appear malicious. The program will give you the option to delete these malicious files.
6. Scheduled or Manual Scans
Most anti-virus software allow for scheduled or automatic scans that run in the background at pre-determined intervals. Alternatively, you may scan your computer manually by opening the anti-virus program and initiate the scan.
Congratulations, your computer now has anti-virus solutions against malware! If you need anti-virus solutions for your business or organization, give us a call at (973) 882-4644 for a free network evaluation.
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