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•If using floppy disks to transfer data make sure to format them before using them for first time.
•Never use pirated software. This is both illegal and a very good way to invite an unwanted computer virus.
•When downloading software from internet do so as little as possible. There are many neat programs available on internet, but unfortunately there are many viruses that go along with them also.
•If you must download programs from internet ALWAYS scan them for viruses BEFORE opening them up to install on your computer.
•Probably most important and neglected method of disaster recovery are periodic backups of all important files found on your computer. Should a virus happen to get through your lines of defense you may need to replace virus corrupted files with fresh ones that have been kept for such an occasion.
Finally, it is not guaranteed that if you follow above steps that you will not be victim of a computer virus, but you can sure bet that if followed you will greatly reduce chance of being an unsuspecting recipient of such an unwanted program.
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