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Have You Caught A Virus?

Check For Viruses

Everyone, I mean EVERYONE needs to be running a good antivirus program. It’s just too dangerous out there not to do this.

What do I mean by a good antivirus program and how do you tell? It needs to update itself on a regular basis. Every 4 hours is what some so called “experts” recommend, but hey, once a day would probably be OK for most people. If you want to play it safe then run the update sequence first whenever you turn on your computer and if you are going to be downloading anything or surfing to sites that you are not sure about.

Most new computers nowadays come with a trial subscription for an Antivirus program, if yours did and it hasn’t run out yet, make sure that it is up to date. If your subscription has expired or you never had one to begin with you can run online antivirus scans from most of the big antivirus vendors websites, here are a few of them:

Trend Micro HouseCall

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall

Kaspersky Lab Online Scanner

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

McAfee FreeScan

http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp

ESET Online Antivirus Scanner

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

These can get you out of a quick jam, but you really need to have an antivirus program installed on your computer.

There are some free ones out there such as:

AVG available from

http://free.avg.com/ww.download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

Or my personal favorite avast! antivirus available from< /p>

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

If you have a preferred vendor that you are comfortable with then go with them.

Either free or paid for, antivirus software is a MUST HAVE, MUST USE!

JUST DO IT!

One little word of caution. You only want ONE antivirus program installed on your computer, if you have more than one they will fight each other so pick the one you like and go for it. You can however run the online scanners from different companys without causing problems.

Good luck,

John

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