How to Protect your Windows 10 PC against Malware

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We live in digital world today, millions of people have computer in their home and most computers nowadays are connected to the internet. It is very common now because it becomes part of our daily lives. Most of us store personal information and data in our computers more than ever, so we become targets of hackers who does malicious things to steal our information.


They always develop new ways of tools to steal information on your computer, so if you don't do the right things to protect your information and data, you will be the victim of those malware and viruses that hackers developed that will make you lose your data and steal your information and eventually harm your computer.

There are different kinds of malware and viruses, one important thing is that you don't want one inside your computer. Lucky for you, there are a lot of tools to fight back all sort of malware and viruses, and Windows 10 have built tools that you can use to counter those malware.

Installing security app and using built-in tools in Windows is not enough to protect your computer, you must know the combination of software and knowing how to avoid potential threats. In this guide, we'll teach you the best ten tips to keep you protected against virtually every type of malware, including viruses, ransomware, worms, spyware, adware, and other malicious programs in your PC running Windows 10.

1. Upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 
One of the best way to keep your PC protected against malware is upgrade the latest version of Windows 10. If your PC running Windows 10, it does not mean that it is using the latest version. Microsoft always released feature updates adding new features and changes to improve performance, productivity and security enhancements. If you want to keep your computer protected against malware, be sure you are using or running the latest version of Windows 10. Microsoft Windows 10 update are usually download and install automatically, so you don't need to worry how to get the latest version.


However, if you're still not running the latest version, there are multiple ways to upgrade manually, including using Windows Update, Update Assistant, and Media Creation Tool, which allows you to perform an in-place upgrade as well as perform a clean install of the latest version. There is simple way to know what version of Windows 10 running on your PC. To find out what version of Windows you are having on your PC, just press the Windows key + R key at the same time, type winver, and click OK. If it reads version 1709, then you're running the Fall Creators Update. The Spring Creators Update (version 1803) is now available and ready to be download.

2. Use Windows Defender Antivirus 
Antivirus is very important software to have on every computer in order to detect and remove malware and viruses. Your data and information stored on your computer are in serious trouble if it is affected by malware and viruses , it can even affect PC performance, or even damage your PC. Thankfully, Windows 10 have built-in antivirus that will help you to counter those malware and viruses.


Windows Defender the built-in antivirus in Windows 10 offers real time protection from various treats such as malware, virus, worms, ransomware, spyware and many others. If you want even more protection, it's also possible to change the Windows Defender Antivirus cloud-protection level on Windows 10.The Windows 10 built-in malware solution should be more than enough protection for most users. However, there are a lot of third-party security solutions that you can use. You can try third party antivirus software like Avira to have on your PC. Windows Defender for me is enough to protect you from those kind of threats.

3. Use firewall 
Another way to protect your computer from malware is to use a firewall. It is a important feature in Windows 10 that you should enable. A firewall is a software based program that helps to block malicious attacks from hackers, it will block viruses, and other types of malware trying to access your computer from the internet and local network to steal your data and information.


There is a lot of third-party security tools that provide network security protection, but Windows 10 includes a very efficient firewall built-in that is enough to block unauthorized access in your computer. Although Windows firewall is usually enabled by default, you should double check if it is enabled to make sure its working correctly . Go to Windows Defender Security Center>Firewall & network protection, and check if "Firewall is on." if not, click the Turn on button.

4. Install Malwarebytes 
Malwarebytes is a anti-malware that scans, detect and remove malware on your computer. If you're using the Windows Defender Antivirus, it will be a good idea to also add Malwarebytes as second layer of defense on your PC. Malwarebytes is a popular anti-malware solution that can help you even the toughest malware already infecting your computer.


The good thing about this tool,it is a free, and it can be installed alongside with Windows Defender, but you must periodically scan your device manually. There's a paid version of Malwarebytes that offers real-time protection, the ability to schedule scans, and many other features.

5. Use anti-ransomware 
Ransomware attacks are becoming very popular nowadays. It is another kind of malware that is capable of locking you off your device by encrypting all of your files. It is malicious software that cause harm on your computer and will deny access to your data in your PC.


Thankfully, in Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 includes an anti-ransomware feature known as "Controlled folder access." This feature not only prevents ransomware from taking over your device and taking your data hostage, but it also blocks other malicious programs from trying to make unwanted changes to your files.

6. Update Installed Software 
Another important way to keep your PC protect against malware and keep your computer and data safe and secure is to always update installed software on your PC. Software companies, such as Microsoft, are continuously rolling out updates to patch potential vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.


Software updates download and install automatically on Windows 10, so you don't need to be worry about Also, it's important to periodically check and install updates for any software installed on your computer. On Windows 10, apps you acquire from the Microsoft Store will update automatically as soon as a new version becomes available. However, classic desktop applications will not (in most cases) because they have different update mechanisms. Always check the software company's support website to download and update your programs.

7. Use verified apps only 
Another way to protect your PC from malware is to always download and install software from their official website. Always avoid downloading and installing apps from unknown sources, because most unknown sources are not trusted and may have malware on the software you want to be installed on your PC. It is a good practice to always download apps from Microsoft Store, which have been verified by Microsoft to ensure that they don't include malicious code. You can also use a standard user account instead of an administrator account to prevent installing harmful programs to have admin privelege on your PC.


However, if your account is the only administrator account on the computer, you don't just want to change the account type to standard. Just create a new administrator account, then from the new account, you want to change your original account type to standard. Using a limited account, you will still be able to run applications, but you won't be able to install new programs. You'll be able to change settings, but it'll prevent you from making unwanted changes to other accounts. This way, your PC is more secure by doing this things.

8. Offline backup
Another good practice to do to protect your information and files from malware attacks is to make a regular backups. If you're concern about your data and information getting exposed, then you should always consider creating at least two backups. There are two types of you should do backup, the online backup and the offline backup.Your recovery plan must include a full backup of your system and data to keep offline using an external hard drive or a local network location. This is the kind of backup that will ensure you can recover from any malware infection, errors, hardware failure, and accidents.When it comes to protecting your data, there's no such thing as too many backups. If you can make a backup of the backup that you can store off-site, don't hesitate and just do it.


After creating a full backup, always remember to disconnect the drive and store it in a safe location, or disconnect the network location where you store the backup. This is because if the drive stays online and accessible from your device, malware can still get to it and infect those files too.If you're running Windows 10, you don't need to get a third-party backup program, as you can use the built-in System Image Backup tool to make a copy of everything on your computer, including files, apps, settings, and Windows installation In addition to having a backup of your entire system, File History is another form of offline backup that you can use to create a backup of all your files locally. Alternatively, if you don't have a lot of files, you could just copy and paste your documents on a USB flash drive regularly. You should be making a full backup once a day, but if your files don't change very often, you should consider backing them up at least once a week.

9. Online backup
An online backup is perhaps one of the best ways to protect your files against malware as well as to protect yourself from data loss as a result of accidental deletion, hard drive failure, and natural disasters.OneDrive is the simplest online backup solution a Windows 10 user can use, but this solution should only be considered to protect files against hardware failure, theft, or natural accidents. If malware infects your files, OneDrive is likely to sync the modified files rendering them unusable.


It's worth noting that you can recover your data using Version History on OneDrive or File Restore on OneDrive for Business, but in either case, it's a tedious process as you have to recover files one at a time. Although you can use OneDrive to protect your data, using a third-party online backup service, such as Carbonite or IDrive are more suited solutions. These services let you schedule and trigger backups on demand to prevent uploading infected files.

10. Doing right thing with malware infection 
If a virus, worm, ransomware, or another type of malware sneaks in, the first thing you want to do is to disconnect your computer from the network. You can do this by unplugging the Ethernet cable, disabling the Wi-Fi adapter, or turning off the router to prevent spreading the malware to other devices. Then open Windows Defender Antivirus and use the offline scan feature. Alternatively, if you don't have control of your computer, on a different device, use these instructions to create a bootable media with Windows Defender to perform an offline scan to remove the threat.


Many antivirus software supports the ability to perform an offline scan. If you're using a third-party security software, check your vendor support website for the instructions on how to perform an offline scan. If none of the steps have worked to remove the malware, then you should restore your system using the latest backup available. In the case, you only have a backup of your files, use these steps to do a clean install of Windows 10. After the installation, you'll need to reinstall your applications, re-apply settings, and restore files using the most up-to-date backup.

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