How do I avoid being infected with viruses and spyware?
  • Install virus and spyware protection software on your computer. Use software from a trustworthy source such as Symantec or McAfee.
  • Keep your virus and spyware software current. Most providers of this software offer daily updates for their software and their programs will update themselves automatically if connected to the internet.
  • Do not open strange emails with attachments.
  • Scan all files downloaded from the internet. Most software will allow you to set settings that will do this automatically.
  • Use an internet firewall. Windows XP with Service Pack 2 comes with a firewall setting.

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