Avoiding Ransomware

There are several free ways to help protect your computer against ransomware and other malware:
  • Keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates.
  • Keep your firewall turned on.
  • Don’t open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites.
  • Download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free, or use another reputable antivirus and anti-malware program. If you run Windows 8 or Windows RT, you don’t need Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.