Information on how to avoid computer viruses

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Information on how to avoid computer viruses

Viruses are destructive programs that delete or corrupt files, interfere with your computer operations and reproduce themselves to fill disk or RAM space on your computer. It's best to read the information available to you on your antivirus software’s website, but here are some of our recommendations to avoid viruses:

  • Don’t download files from unknown sources, either from your email or the web.
  • Scan all new files with virus-scanning software before opening.
  • Don’t download attachments (e.g., pictures, games, electronic greetings) unless it’s from someone you know.

If you think you have a virus, we recommend that you immediately use antivirus software to run a scan. If you don't have one, you can download the McAfee’s latest antivirus software or you can visit our Internet Security Central page for more information.

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Last updated: 03-24-2011
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