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Protect Against Computer Viruses

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Viruses can do anything from annoying the user to deleting your entire computer. And with more and more computers being connected to the Internet, viruses are very easy to be spread.

While computers will never be 100% secure, there are many steps that you can take to prevent your computer from being infected with viruses.

This How-To Article is a guide, designed to teach you how to protect your computer against viruses.

Protect Against Computer Viruses

The most effective way of protecting your computer from viruses is to purchase reliable virus protection software. We recommend Norton AntiVirus for the best in virus protection.

Other than virus protection, there are many less-obvious ways to protect your computer from viruses:

Don't open E-mail attachments from people you don't know.

Many E-mail viruses are spread by sending itself to everyone in someone's address book. If the E-mail text doesn't sound like the sender, or you weren't expecting the attachment, delete the message immediately.

If your computer suddenly begins performing strangely, you should run a virus scan on your entire computer. While most antivirus software always monitors the computer for viruses, some can get by it.

Be careful about disks from other computers. Not everyone uses virus protection, so if you are worried about a disk that you put into your computer, run a virus scan on it before you begin working on it.

Purchasing antivirus software is good, but if you don't update it at least every month, it won't do you any good. Hundreds of viruses are discovered every month, and your antivirus software won't be able to protect you from them if you don't update your software.

If you have a Cable or DSL Internet connection, then your computer is a possible target of hackers. Be sure to purchase a firewall for your computer. We recommend Norton Personal Firewall 2001.

Be careful about what you download from the Internet. If you don't trust the web site, then don't download the software.

Read the manual of your antivirus software. Most antivirus software is very complex, with dozens of settings. Reading the manual helps you get the most out of the antivirus software.

Is your computer accessible someone other than you? Then be sure that they know about the tips noted in this article. Otherwise, just you taking the precautions won't help protect your computer.

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