You don't like viruses and spams and you know how many damages they can make, including things that can destroy your personal online brand (emails and social/own blog posts in your behalf, information leaks, harassment).
There are few tricks, tips and tools that can protect you.
The www browsingFirst of all: Forget about Internet Explorer (aka IE or Edge). And use Google Chrome or Firefox for your browsing requirements.
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Also for Chrome, use ZenMate VPN - Best Cyber Security & Unblock, the extension that mask your public IP and, as in the extension description, is "the best cyber security solution". Use it permanently activated with a proxy closest to your location, especially if you are afraid of the next advanced Chrome extension that you should install, uMatrix (with lower u).
uMatrix, indeed, has the ability to block a lot of tracking scripts and a lot of other cookies, images, iframes and scripts that, in a way or another can be used to track you or to harm.
Protect yourself of forms posted in pages without HTTPS
The spamA lot of viruses and malware can touch you direct from your email inbox. So it is therefore important to protect our inbox against spam. The giants in email services put a lot of work and effort in protect you against spam. But you can also contribute.
1. Don't post your email address in sites that are eligible for bot crawling (so don't post your email address in blogs or forums).
2. Don't use your real email address in websites forms, at least not until you are absolutely sure that you trust that website. Use Chrome Blur extension for that. The Blur extension is also available for Firefox. The Blur comes with a lot of protection layers, from which I only activate, and use, the masking one, Masked Emails.
The malwareThe best way to protect yourself from the malware sitting around on online sites/already infected computers, networks or usb devices, is a Linux/Unix distribution, Ubuntu or macOS. I'm using the latest Ubuntu (Unity) tweaked with Numix (GTK theme) and Papirus icon pack, you should give it a try, it's very appealing, secure, fast and productivity ready.
For those of you still stick with Windows, don't forget to enable automatic updates and don't bet your live on Defender. Even if latest version of Windows (10, Fall Creators) offer the best security in the family, it's better to add a dedicated, professional layer of protection, from a known vendor, like Kaspersky or BitDefender.