Windows Server Security Rule 6: Install Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

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What can you expect from this document:

This document covers some basic security best practices for protecting your computer against viruses and malware.

What is the threat?

Malicious software exists in several forms and can cause severe damage to you server and data.

For example, ransomware is a type of malware designed to block access to an infected computer until the owner pays a sum of money. Ransomware often infiltrates a PC as a computer worm or Trojan horse.


To help protect your computer against malware, make sure you are using up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Anti-virus and anti-malware software can help protect your computer against spyware and other unwanted software, such as adware.

Anti-malware is always the last line of defense, and should be treated as such. It should always be used in combination with anti-virus software, otherwise it will not solve your security problems.

To protect your computer, make sure that:
  • your anti-virus / anti-malware signatures are always updated
  • the on-access scanner functionality is always enabled
  • on-demand scans are performed on a weekly basis
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