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Scan your hard drive as often as possible - Use your virus scanning program to scan your hard drive for viruses on a regular basis. I've scheduled mine to scan every night while I sleep (the computer is not doing much else at that time, after all). This way any viruses that do slip through your defenses should be caught.
If you run Outlook, then download and install Outlook Security patch (unless for some reason you want to use email scripting, which you probably only need if you are a developer). This will prevent you or anyone on your computer from accidentally opening an attachment which is actually a virus.
Install ZoneAlarm Pro - Not only is ZoneAlarm Pro an excellent firewall, it is also a virus scanner. It actually scans files as they arrive on your system and tags suspected viruses with a special file type. This will prevent you from accidentally opening an email attachment that is a virus.
Subscribe to several newsletters about viruses - It's important to become aware of viruses and associated problems and risks. My recommendation is to subscribe to following newsletters. They are all free and even a quick glance at each one will help you become more aware of what's going on.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center Newsletter http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/newsletter.html
McAfee.Com Dispatch http://dispatch.mcafee.com/default.asp?
Trend Micro Virus Alerts http://www.antivirus.com/subscriptions/
Backing Up Your stuff - Part 1 http://www.internet-tips.net/System/backup00.htm Backup may seem to be a pain, but it's one of most important things that you can do to protect your system.
Backing up your system is an essential part of your security scheme http://www.internet-tips.net/Security/Backups.htm Backups are extremely critical to keep your system secure. If your system is damaged by a virus or an intruder you have a way to recover. Remember, however, that you must think through and test your scheme.
Outlook Security Patch http://www.internet-tips.net/Security/Virusoutlooksecuritypatch.htm If you run Outlook and you want to protect yourself, you should install Outlook security patch.
Products - Norton Antivirus http://www.internet-tips.net/Products/nortonantivirus.htm You need antivirus protection for your computer. Norton Antivirus is by far and away best solution for desktop.
Products - ZoneAlarm Pro http://www.internet-tips.net/Products/zonelarmpro.htm ZoneAlarm Pro is quite possibly best firewall product for personal home use that currently exists. Highly recommended.
Viruses http://www.internet-tips.net/Security/Viruses.htm The most important thing you can do to protect your system is install a virus checker (also known as an anti-virus program). These programs will scan your system for viruses and Trojan horses and delete or repair them. There are several products including those by McAfee and Norton (Symantec).
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