Protecting your computer and its data against virus, worm and trojan attacks consists of three simple and equally important steps. The first is to purchase an anti-virus program and install it on your computer. Below we have listed multiple Web sites you can visit to purchase and download affordable, state-of-the-art anti-virus software.
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The second step in protecting your computer is to keep your anti-virus program updated by downloading the latest virus definitions. No matter which product you choose, it is best to update your virus definitions daily or at least once a week. The procedures for doing this vary depending on which software you have chosen to protect your computer, but most programs can be set to automatically download and install the definitions onto your computer.
The third step in protecting your computer is to make sure to keep your Windows software updated. To find out more about this, visit the Microsoft Web site.
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Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Computer Virus-Free
10. Use common sense. It's always better to error on the side of safety. If you're unsure about an attachment, delete it.
9. Scan floppies before using them. This is always important, but especially if you are using the disk to carry information between one computer and another.
8. Don't share floppies. Even a well-meaning friend may unknowingly pass along a virus, Trojan horse, or worm.
7. Don't boot from a floppy disk. If you are using a floppy while working on your computer, remove it when you shut the machine off.
6. Don't download programs from the Web. Unreliable sources such as Internet newsgroups or Web sites that you haven't heard of may be willing providers of viruses for your computer. Avoid downloading files you can't be sure are safe. This includes freeware, screensavers, games, and any other executable program - any files with an ".exe" or ".com" extension, such as "coolgame.exe." If you do have to download from the Internet, be sure to scan each program before running it. Save all downloads to one folder, then run virus checks on everything in the folder before using it.
5. Update your anti-virus software frequently. Most commercial Anti Virus software have a feature that searches for new virus definitions every time you go online, so you are always up to date.
4. Get immediate protection. Configure your anti-virus software to boot automatically on start-up and run at all times. This will provide you back-up protection in case you forget to scan an attachment, or decide not to.
3. Scan all incoming email attachments. Be sure to run each attachment you plan to open through the anti-virus check.
2. Don't automatically open attachments. Be sure your email program doesn't automatically download attachments. This will ensure that you can examine and scan attachments before they run.
1. Install reliable anti-virus software. Anti-virus software scans files regularly for unusual changes in file size, programs that match the software's database of known viruses, suspicious email attachments, and other warning signs. It's the most important step you can take towards keeping your computer clean of viruses. Anti Virus software runs continuously in the background of your computer, providing constant protection from viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other malicious code.