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Virus Protection

Anti-virus scanner programs are designed to detect and innoculate known viruses. These programs must be frequently updated.  While monthly or quarterly updates may be sufficient, often, new viruses spread very quickly.  If you haven't updated your virus software for several weeks or months, your system may be susceptible to such a new virus.  Thus, we recommend that you update your virus software as often as once per week, if not more frequently.  

Updates are fairly quick and easy, and are typically done right over the Internet.  After a short "free update" period, most anti-virus programs require a paid subscription, however.  These subscriptions are necessary to allow the software company to research new viruses and provide software updates.  While no one enjoys paying for this type of software subscription, keep in mind that it is cheap insurance against a virus causing a disaster on your computer.

Most anti-virus programs allow you to check for updates on a scheduled basis or to get a virus update "on demand".  So if you hear about a new virus, you can force your anti-virus software to obtain an update right then.  After you've obtained the virus "signature" updates, you can scan your computer to be sure the most recent viruses haven't already infected your system.  

Links to Anti-Virus Software company sites, along with other virus information:

Symantec Virus Security Updates - provides info on current virus threats plus links to Symantec's Anti-Virus software product info.

McAfee - makers of PC anti-virus software.

Sofotex - provides links to several free "test run" anti-virus software packages.

Viruslist.com - bills itself as "the biggest virus encyclopedia".

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