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With the trending technologies, cyber crooks are also being experimental and finding new techniques to target the user’s computer and keep on spreading different kinds of dangerous malware and viruses. That’s why users need to pay proper attention while surfing the Internet and downloading something online. Your awareness will decrease the chances of being attacked by the hackers and their infected programs.

After getting activated on your computer, these infections start showing a number of symptoms and signs. They degrade the performance of your PC to a large extent, may affect your network connection and use it as a medium to spread infection, hide itself and perform illegitimate actions, save and send important details of the users, etc. These malicious codes allows the cyber crooks to use the infected system in their own way and perform unethical activities,

Malware, viruses, add-ons, and adware may be very dangerous in nature so users need to remove them as soon as they got to know about their presence. Below are some of the basic security measures you can follow and keep your PC safe.

  • Keep your Windows system updated
  • Keep the safe browsing function turned on
  • Prefer custom and advanced installation option while installing any program
  • Run a powerful security program and keep it updated.
  • Avoid clicking on pop-ups, ads and any infected link

Below the instruction are given to turn on the Security Features of your Browser:

Steps to Enable Phishing and Malware Protection in the Chrome Browser

To lower the risk of virus or hacker attack, Google Chrome browser has a Phishing and Malware Detection feature. You can turn on this feature to detect any threat during web browsing. If this feature is on, a warning message will be displayed on your screen when you try to access any malicious link. So follow the steps written below to enable the Phishing and Malware Protection:

  • Start the Google Chrome.
  • Click on the 3-Bars Icon at the right side upper corner of the Chrome window
  • Select Settings from the drop-down list.
  • On the settings page scroll to the bottom of the page there will Show advance settings option at the bottom? Click on that, it will show you the rest of the Chrome setup.
  • Then locate the Privacy section and put a check mark before the ‘Enable phishing and malware protection option.
  • Restart the Google Chrome for changes to take effect. This new settings will keep you more safe while surfing on the Internet.

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Instructions to Block Web Forgeries, Attack Sites and activate Mozilla Firefox Security:

Firefox version 3 or later has the Phishing and Malware Protection feature in-built. If you enable this feature, it warns you whenever you try to access the infected content or notify you if the site is designed to attack you and leave threats on the computer. Follow these steps to keep your browsing activity safe while surfing the Internet using the Firefox Browser:

  • Start the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • On the top of the menu, o click on Tools, then select the Options from the list.
  • Then select the option Security from the horizontal list and put a check mark on the following options:

           – Warn me when sites try to install add-ons

           – Block reported attack sites

           – Block reported web forgeries

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Steps to Activate Smart Screen Filter & Internet Explorer Browser Security

Smart Screen Filter feature is included in the Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9. If it is activated in the user’s browser, it’ll help to detect phishing web sites and also protect our from downloading infected files online. It helps you to avoid threats to get activated on your computer. Follow the steps as mentioned below to turn on the Smart Screen Filter:

  • Open the Internet Explorer.
  • In Internet Explorer 9, select the Tools option and in Internet Explorer 8 look for the Safety menu.
  • Now choose the Smart Screen Filter from the drop-down list then click to Turn on Smart Screen Filter.
  • Now restart the Internet Explorer for changes to take effect.

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To avoid the attack of the malware, adware, viruses, etc. install security software. A potential security program keeps all the threats at way and also improves your computer performance.