In my previous post I repeatedly emphasized the need to scan every files downloaded from the internet or from email attachments for malware. To do this and not waste time, it’s important to know where to are those files being downloaded.
Create a Downloads Folder
To create a downloads folder right-click with your mouse on your desktop, or in any other location, and select
Alternatively, you can use the Downloads folder already created by your Windows installation. The Downloads folder is located at
You can also enable the Downloads item in your Start Menu. To do this right-click with your mouse on your Windows Taskbar and select
Scroll down to the
Point Email Clients and Browsers to Downloads Folder
Some email clients and browsers remember the last choice you make when downloading files, some do not.
In Mozilla Firefox click on the ≡ hamburger icon next to the address bar. In the drop-down menu click
Now click on the
In Google Chrome click on the ≡ hamburger icon next to the address bar. In the drop-down menu click
The process of setting up the correct downloads folder in email clients or browsers is usually a slight variation of the same shown in the above examples.
Scan Downloaded Files
Now that you know exactly where all downloaded files get placed, you can access them in a one or two clicks and scan them.
Use your installed and up-to-date anti-malware tools to scan all files downloaded into your downloads folder.
In case of smaller suspicious files (up to 64MB of size) you can also use VirusTotal.com. It is a free service provided by Google that will check any uploaded file with more than 50 different anti-malware scanners. This way the probability that a malware gets by home scanners is reduced considerably. Although it’s a handy tool it is not a replacement for multiple anti-malware programs running on your own computer.
I hope that you found this tutorial helpful. Let me know in the comments section below.
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