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Computer viruses can be bad news for your computer. If you take some precautionary steps to help protect your computer it will decrease your chances of picking up anything nasty from the World Wide Web.
The number one way to protect yourself from harmful viruses is to install good quality anti-virus software onto your computer. Investing money and purchasing software that is authorized is the best way to go. It will then come with guarantees and usually 24/7 phone and internet support. There are also free versions of anti-virus software available, however don’t download or install anything unless you are absolutely sure it is a legitimate piece of anti-virus software.
Do not open any files or applications unless you know exactly what it is. Many websites these days are tricking people into downloading viruses and malware from their websites. Don’t fall victim to the trap. Also, do not open any email attachments unless you know the sender. Even if you do know the sender, only open the attachment if you have been expecting it from the person. If in doubt it is always a good idea to email the person back and ask them if the attachment is safe to open.
You may do everything you can to prevent yourself from getting a computer virus. But even the craftiest of viruses can slip through our security efforts. A smart idea is to back up everything on your computer on a frequent basis. That way, if your computer does get a virus, at least you won’t lose all of that important information on your computer.