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Virus Protection for your computer

 

Install antivirus software, update regularly, and use it regularly.

Do regular backups. If you get a virus it may be the only way to recover your data. Ideally, you should backup your entire system on a regular basis, however if this is not practical, at least backup files that you can’t afford to lose or that would be difficult to replace: documents, bookmark files, address books, important emails, etc.

When possible, avoid e-mail attachments both when sending and receiving e-mail from unfamiliar sources.

Never open email attachments with the file extensions VBS, SHS, or PIF. These extensions are almost never used in normal attachments but they are frequently used by viruses and worms.

Never open attachments with double file extensions such as NAME.BMP.EXE or NAME.TXT.VBS.

Disconnect your network or modem cable when you’re not using your computer or just power it down

If you feel that an e-mail you get from a friend is strange (if it is a foreign language or it just says odd things) double check with the friend before opening any attachments.

When you receive e-mail advertisements or unsolicited e-mail, do not open attachments.

Avoid attachments with sexual file names.

Do not trust the icons of attachment file. Worms often use executable files which have an icon resembling icons of picture, text, or archive files to fool the user.

Never accept attachments from strangers in online chat systems such as IRC, ICQ, or AOL Instant Messenger.

Avoid exchanging information between computers.

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