How to help prevent malicious software infections


Updated: April 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection SP1, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune, Forefront Endpoint Protection, System Center 2012 R2 Endpoint Protection

Two of the biggest concerns for computer users today are viruses and spyware. In both cases, while these can be a problem, you can defend yourself against them easily enough with just a little bit of planning:

  • Keep your computer’s software current and remember to install all patches. Remember to update your operating system on a regular basis.

  • Make sure your antivirus and antispyware software, Endpoint Protection, is using the latest updates again potential threats (see How do I keep virus and spyware definitions up to date?). Also make sure you're always using the latest version of Endpoint Protection.

  • Only download updates from reputable sources. For Windows operating systems, always go to Microsoft Update ( and for other software always use the legitimate Web sites of the company or person who produces it.

  • If you receive an e-mail with an attachment and you're unsure of the source, then you should delete it immediately. Don't download any applications or executable files from unknown sources, and be careful when trading files with other users.

  • Install and use a firewall. It is recommended that you enable Windows Firewall.