We’ve developed some solid ideas on where to get software recommendations, how to avoid problems even from legitimate downloads, and other ways to keep your computer safe.
While some of what we talk about here is specific to downloading programs, we recommend noting that the advice is all very general and applies to any software you might download and install, from any website.
Use Common Sense
If something doesn’t seem right, trust your gut — it’s probably not right. The most effective and easiest thing you can do to avoid malware and adware is to avoid downloading any software program or app from an unsolicited link. Avoid downloading anything that you’ve received a link to via an email, text, or some other personal message — unless you completely trust the source.
Use Curated Software Lists
One of the best ways to ensure that you’re choosing legitimate and well-made software is