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What to do when a new virus strikes

The first thing is to remember not to panic. Newspapers often exaggerate the threat but that doesn't mean you should not take the threat seriously. Follow these tips to ensure that your online experience remains virus-free. (Remember, as an AOL member you are already protected by free email scanning.)

  • Many anti-virus software providers issue specific virus checkers and removal software for free on their web sites. Use these to remove some of the most dangerous viruses and put your mind at ease.
  • If you do not have anti-virus software installed this would be a good time to get some. Sign on to AOL and go to AOL Keyword: Virus for details of AOL's Virus Scan Online service, or see the list of anti-virus software suppliers below.
  • If you are an AOL Broadband user, make sure you have the free firewall installed to help guard your PC against worms and other types of viruses which are not spread by email or downloaded files.
  • Some viruses and worms are designed to attack weaknesses in Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft regularly release security patches to prevent such problems. You can use the Windows Update feature (in your Windows Start menu) to keep up-to-date with Microsoft's latest security patches.

See also: More tips to help protect your PC