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Virus Information

Improve Your Chances Of Avoiding A Computer Virus Infection By Following These Guidelines

For More Detailed Information Consult The Various Sources At The Bottom of the Page


1. Do not openany files attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source.

2. Do not open
any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Some viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email. Better be safe than sorry and confirm that they really sent it.

3. Do not open
any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable or unexpected. If the need to do so is there always save the file to your hard drive before doing so.

4. Delete chain emails and junk email.
Do not forward or reply to any to them. These types of email are considered spam, which is unsolicited, intrusive mail that clogs up the network.

5. Do not download
any files from strangers.

6. Exercise caution
when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus program checks the files on the download site. If you're uncertain, don't download the file at all or download the file to a floppy and test it with your own anti-virus software.

7. Update your anti-virus software regularly.
Over 500 viruses are discovered each month, so you'll want to be protected. These updates should be at the least the products virus signature files. You may also need to update the product's scanning engine as well.  IRD configures systems to automatically update virus signature files weekly.  More frequent updates may be necessary for individuals involved in risky behavior.

8. Back up your files on a regular basis.
  If a virus destroys your files, at least you can replace them with your back-up copy. You should store your backup copy in a separate location from

McAfee Virus Information Library

CERT Coordination Center

Symantec Virus Alerts

Symantec Virus Hoax Alerts