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- BE PARANOID ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU DO ONLINE!
- DO NOT ACCESS YOUR ONLINE BANKING WEBSITE IF YOU HAVE NOTICED ANY STRANGE ACTIVITY ON YOUR COMPUTER!
- Only visit websites you know and trust.
- NEVER click any flashy banner ads on websites or pop-up windows.
- Never use FREE File Sharing (P2P Networking) programs like Limewire, BearShare, Groukster, etc... Only use trusted Music/Movie downloading programs that you pay for like iTunes, Rhapsody. These programs are trusted and own rights to sell you the media files legally. These media files are on protected servers and are virus/spy-ware protected.
- Stay off of MySpace.com! MySpace in combination with free file sharing programs are the many way that viruses are spreading on the internet lately. People are putting virus infected music on their MySpace page as their background music and it automatically gives you the virus just by loading the page.
- Have a trusted Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware program installed, updated, and protecting your computer. Free Microsoft Security Essentials is the least amount of protection you would want to have running on your system. Kaspersky, Trend Micro, and Eset NOD32 are a few of the best I have found and run great. Kaspersky also does pre-scans on your webpages, to catch and stop viruses before they can even get into your computer.
- Be religious with checking or security/protection programs status. If needed manually tell it to run scans at least once a weekly. If you neglect it you will probably loss all of your important data and family pictures, after your computer gets infected with viruses.
- Delete all temporary internet files once a week. It aslo helps with overall system performance if you run the Disk Cleanup & Disk Defragmenter Utilities once per month.
- Once you see the viruses/spyware visibly on your computer, with strange icons on your desktop and pop-ups even when your internet windows are closed, it is probably to late so be prepared for the worst. ***Always keep current backups of your data in at least two places. (ex: External Hard drive, USB Memory Key, DVD-/+R/RW, whatever you find simplest to remember.***