Worms, viruses and trojans can do a great amount of damage to your PC. They can compromise your security and privacy, and can even destroy your hard drive. Any information that you store on your PC, such as documents, files, or music, can be lost in a virus attack.
As technology advances so does the sophistication of these viruses and there are many ways they can infiltrate your computer. But there are a number of measures that can help to protect your computer.
Steps to preventing a virus:
- Install antivirus software on your PC, such as McAfee VirusScan®. If you're not sure about installing and paying for it straight away, sign-on to AOL and go to AOL Keyword: Virus to try our FREE 90-day trial of McAfee VirusScan®.
- Ensure your antivirus software is completely up to date. Schedule McAfee® antivirus to automatically update on a weekly basis with a full system scan.
- Are you an AOL Broadband user? Install the free firewall to help guard your PC.
- AOL scans all incoming and outgoing emails and their attachments for viruses. However, do not open any email attachments if they are from an unknown sender or if you are at all suspicious.
- Viruses can implant spyware on your PC to secretly monitor your internet behaviour. Remove it with AOL Spyware Protection.
- Using Instant Messenger? Before clicking on a link, ask your buddy questions that only they would know the answer to. Always verify your source.
- Some viruses are designed to attack weaknesses in Microsoft operating systems. Use the Windows Update feature (in your Windows Start menu) for Microsoft's latest security patches.