5 Steps To Keep Your PC Safe Online

There are some simple steps you can take to ensure your PC remains protected while you surf the Web. Following each of these five guides can help protect your PC from virus, spyware and other online threats.

1. Update Windows

Microsoft regularly releases free downloads to fix security problems with Windows, Internet Explorer and other Microsoft software such as Office. This guide explains how you can get these important updates.

2. Install A Firewall

A good firewall such as ZoneAlarm will prevent programs from accessing the Internet without your permission, and block access to your PC from intruders. This guide explains how to install and set up a firewall.

3. Check For Viruses

Malicious virus code can infect your PC's system files and damage your important data. This guide explains how to use an anti-virus program to find and remove malicious programs.

4. Remove Spyware

Spyware is malicious code that tracks your movements on the Internet and can even affect your PC's performance. Read Remove Spyware which explains how to get rid of malicious spyware and adware.

5. Browse More Safely

The latest web browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6 offer security features like pop-up blockers and phishing filters to keep you safe when visiting web sites.