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Thursday, August 12, 2004

A pox upon my computer

Well, not a pox exactly....more like a virus, trojan, worm, or browser hijack. Whatever you call them, they spell trouble for your system and preventative measures are far less expensive and anxiety inducing than what it'll take you to clean up after the fact.

Most computers you buy today come with some kind of anti-virus program pre-installed. So you probably already have Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee. But just having them installed isn't enough. As new viruses are created and disseminated, the anti-virus software companies issue new updates to their products to combat those viruses. To stay protected, you have to regularly check for, and download updates to your anti-virus software. So next time you're online (which is probably right now!) open your anti-virus software and have it install any new updates that are available. You should do this on a regular basis to keep your software up to date and your computer as protected as it can be.

If cost is an issue, Grisoft offers AVG, a good, free anti-virus product. But no matter what option you choose, just remember to stay current with new updates and always practice safe surfing.

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