And there you go: that’s how easy it is to completely brick your newly bought PC. Luckily, it’s just as easy to prevent that from happening. So here’s one for the Consumerist Kit: how to protect your computer from viral scumbags without paying a dime. This is only valid for Windows users, the suckers.
1) Get all the security updates from Windows Update. If you’ve never updated before, there will be a million of them.
3) Download some anti-virus software. There’s no reason to shell out for McAffee or Norton: those programs are system hogs. Try Avast instead, which is completely free. Or, even better, go with AVG, which is actually my preferred XP free antivirus of choice.
Or, you know, buy a Mac.
Old news to many of our readers, but this is really a bare minimum for protecting your Windows PC in this day and age.