Step 6: Update and Patch

With your machine disinfected, take a few moments to update your operating system software and any third party applications to their latest (and most secure) version. Rogue antivirus and scareware programs are usually delivered as drive by downloads spawned by malicious Web sites. These leverage holes in Windows, common Web browsers or browser plugins, or common applications like Adobe Acrobat to bypass your computer’s security systems. Updating the software on your system can close that avenue of attack.

With your machine disinfected, take a few moments to update your operating system software and any third party applications to their latest (and most secure) version. Rogue antivirus and scareware programs are usually delivered as drive by downloads spawned by malicious Web sites. These leverage holes in Windows, common Web browsers or browser plugins, or common applications like Adobe Acrobat to bypass your computer’s security systems. Updating the software on your system can close that avenue of attack.

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