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~If you don't have an anti-virus program, test drive one of many programs available on a 30-day trial. Purchase a program that offers an automatic scheduler feature and set system to update files once a week.
~The most popular anti-virus programs are McAfee and Norton, however there are many other programs available*. http://www.mcafee.com http://www.norton.com http://www.sophos.com http://www.grisoft.com http://www.antivirus.com http://www.alwil.com/en/default.asp http://www.escorcher.com/
~Costco, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc. carry one or both these programs and they all have online stores, too. Or try an online comparison store like mysimon.com, pricegraber.com, amazon.com
~Add "yearly update of my anti-virus program" to your business or personal budget.
~Put aside 30 minutes to read directions of your new anti-virus program so that you know everything it can do. If you're updating, "read me" text file usually contains what's been updated or added since last version.
~Know, that if you have email programs other than Microsoft, you can still end up with a virus. Anti-virus programs are designed to destroy files and cause fear. Viruses have been targeted at Adobe PDF, ICQ and other Microsoft files!
~Microsoft provides updates to programs on their website. Security updates may include fixes for a virus and are called critical files. Visit sites below once a month to update all critical files. MS Main Program Updates http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ MS Office Updates http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates/
~When you use them properly, anti-virus programs work! However remember that they are reactive not proactive. Whenever you hear about a new virus, update your data files immediately.
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