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  • Try out linux to avoid all that stuff. here is a link: http://distrowatch.com/
  • A good antivirus, spyware softaware and a good firewall and only download from reliable source
  • That's like asking 'what's the best way to avoid getting wet while white water rafting?' But seriously, the two most common vectors viruses use to get around are email attachments and infected downloads from untrusted sites on the net. So to start with, you want to have an anti-virus program installed and keep it up to date - daily. Configure the program to check every file that is put on your computer (this should be default - but you know the old saying...). It really goes against common sense to open any unexpected attachment from anyone. But we still do it and that's what gets us into trouble. You have to be aware that most legally grey sources of files cannot be trusted. This doesn't mean every file is infected, but some are and you'll never know which until you download them. Thanks to the integration of IE and Windows, we have the constant risk of getting infected just by clicking a link on a web site or in an email. This can be minimized by shoring up the security settings in IE, but it's not 100% effective. Firefox can easily be set to disable all scripts and cannot do Active X, which helps a lot. This is a start.
  • Install Avast Anti-Virus. Speaking from experience, I find it to be very effective and it automatically updates itself, and it's free. http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/ Also install Adware, Spyware, CCleaner. I get all my free downloads here and never had a problem with catching virus. http://www.filehippo.com/

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