Anti-virus strategy


Recommended programs:

AVG Antivirus
Cost: Free

Cost: Free

Additional resources:

Symantec security response centre

Trend housecall

Virus list

Virus myths
The number of viruses doing the rounds is constantly increasing. The majority of viruses do not cause physical damage to computers but instead cause chaos by replicating themselves and bringing e-mail servers all over the world to a standstill. The majority of well-known viruses, like "Melissa" and "I love you" have adopted this strategy. Some viruses, however, do damage your PC by modifying the operating system, reformatting the hard drive or even destroying physical components on the motherboard.

The best way to avoid becoming infected is to use common sense. Most viruses can only work if you open an attachment, so you should never open an attachment if you are not sure what it contains. Instead, just delete the e-mail completely.

If your PC does become infected, you might not even realise it. Some viruses simply remain dormant on your PC and become active on a particular date, while others might silently send themselves to everyone in your address book and you won't know about it until one of the recipients of these e-mails gets in touch to tell you.