What Are the Best Tips for Fighting Malware?

Malware by its very name means “malicious software,” and that’s exactly what it is. It’s added to your system through hackers, and it’s a means of stealing your information, gaining access to your credit card, and even gaining access to your devices.

This makes fighting malware very important. Everyone seems to have their own opinion on the best way to fight it, so we asked our writers, “What are your best tips for fighting malware?

Our Best Tips

All of our writers agree that the best way to fight malware is to browse safely. This means not clicking suspicious links and not downloading files from less-than-reputable sources.


Mahesh suggests that if a file gets downloaded automatically, delete it right away without opening it. Along with making sure that you only download from trusted sources, he also suggests only downloading from app stores or the official websites of apps and tools. Robert suggests always doing your research before downloading to find the best/safest programs.

Simon and Christopher both suggest using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to clear your PC of malware. It’s free and useful for removing the malware that has accumulated or to get rid of a malware problem on an infected PC.

With malicious ads being a fairly common form of infection, Christopher recommends installing an adblocker to both close that vector of attack and also improve your usage experience. Just be sure to whitelist trusted websites, such as Make Tech Easier, so that they can still make their ad revenue. He also feels it’s a good idea to install a proper antivirus program.

Derrik suggests avoiding at least half of your risks by just using Linux.

What Do You Suggest?

These are some great tips from our writers. Are your already following these tips to protest yourself from malware or do you know of some tips that you feel should have been mentioned? Join the discussion in the comments section below!

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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