Protecting Your System from Viral Invasions
Mom may well have been right when she said, "prevention is better than cure". When it comes to fighting viruses, no statement has ever been truer, particularly if you tell yourself that someday you are going to take all the proper precautions. Will that day be today, or the day after you lose all your data to a critter?
If you bought your computer in the past three years, chances are that it had some antivirus software preinstalled. If not, the latest critter can also be wiped out by free, trial versions of anti-virus software available on the sites of most antivirus vendors.
HouseCall, a free, online value added antivirus service offered by Tiscali and powered by Trend Micro, can be downloaded for a quick fix from http://www.tiscali.co.za/services/housecall_index.asp, and will scan your PC and fix any virus detected and then uninstall itself.
Beware, however, that antivirus software stops being current the
day it's slapped on your machine. Virus definitions need to be updated
at least once a month to ensure effective protection against the dozens
of new strains and variations of viruses appearing each month.
That should tell you what software version you have and may even say when it was last updated. The same set of Help menus should also give you instructions on how to update those antivirus definitions.
Ideas to add to your arsenal of infection-fighting actions:
Article by: Michelle Branco - www.tiscali.co.za