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3 steps to virus-proof your computer

3 steps to virus-proof your computer
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In a world that sees near-constant data breaches, hacking attacks and phishing scams, it's easy to forget about the danger of the good old-fashioned virus. Even though viruses are increasingly under the radar, though, doesn't mean they aren't a serious threat.

There are thousands of viruses floating around right now waiting to attack your computer. In fact, an unprotected computer connected to the internet can get a virus in less than a minute. That means securing your computer correctly is still incredibly important.

You might be thinking that you don't need to keep reading because your computer isn't crashing, freezing or acting like it has a virus. Unfortunately, you can't go by that anymore.

Aside from ransomware, which makes a big splash by locking your files and forcing you to pay to get them back, most viruses don't make a lot of noise and drama. That's because they're lurking silently on your system stealing your passwords or banking information.

Or maybe those annoying pop-up ads you've been getting while browsing are actually coming from your computer, not the sites you're visiting. There are plenty of ways a virus can act. Learn more signs your computer might have a virus.

Whatever it is, you can keep most viruses off your computer with some simple steps. Read on to find out what they are.

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