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Computer viruses are software programs deliberately designed to interfere with computer operation, record, corrupt, or delete data, or spread themselves to other computers and throughout the Internet, often slowing things down and causing other problems in the process. Just as human viruses range in severity from the 24-hour flu to the Ebola virus, computer viruses range from the mildly annoying to the downright destructive, and come in new and different forms. The good news is that with an ounce of prevention and a little knowledge, you are less likely to fall victim to viruses and you can diminish their impact.

The following are the tips to help avoid viruses:

Keep your computer system current by enabling the "automatic update" feature.


Use an Internet firewall (Note: Windows XP with SP2 has a firewall already built-in and active).


Subscribe to industry standard antivirus software and keep it current.


Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know.


Avoid opening an e-mail attachment from someone you know, unless you know exactly what the attachment is. The sender may be unaware that it contains a virus.


If you use Microsoft Office applications, it's a good idea to keep them updated too.