New viruses and other types of malware all the time so it is vital to keep your antivirus program up to date. Antivirus programs are usually set up to automatically download new virus definitions from it’s associated Web site on a regular basis.Some antivirus programs also scan for other threats as well as malware, such as spyware and possible phishing e-mails. Many also include a firewall and other components of security. In addition to using installed antivirus software, your ISP may offerantivirus protection. Here are a few virus protection strategies you can do for extra protection.
- Step 1
Use anti virus software to check incoming email maessages and files, and download updated virus definitions on a regular basis.
- Step 2
Limit the sharing of disks and other removable storage media with others,. Don’t make it a habit in sharing disks with programs your not familiar with.
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Only download files from reputable sites. If you don’t recognize the site or sender do not open it. This is how viruses are sent to you.
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Only open email attachments that come from people you know and that do not have an executable file extension such as .exe, .com, .bat, or .vbs. Check with the sender before opening an executable attachment that you believe is legitimate.
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In order for you to be sure of not viewing any messages until you determine that they are safe to view, keep the preview window of your email program closed.
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Download and install the latest security patches available for your operating system,browser and e-mail program.