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Virus Protection Tools

Computer viruses can be spread in one of three ways; email attachments, files downloaded, and from removable media. It should be noted that an individual is no more likely to get a virus form the Internet than they are from a piece of software or media file. Viruses cannot be spread in a plain text email and must be part of an attachment to be effective. Even then most attachments need to be opened in order for the virus to be released. Although not technically viruses, worms and trojans are constant threats as well. Instead of replicating themselves into another file or program they hide and wait for a trigger then attack and steal info or relay user preferences for the web and frequently visited sites for browser hijacking.

Below are some common and successful methods of preventing and dealing with virus related problems:

Microsoft Security Essentials (General Windows Security/Antivirus): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx

Kaspersky (Mac + PC Compatible): http://usa.kaspersky.com/store/all-products?c_id=GOO1673628

Symantec Norton (Mac + PC Compatible): http://www.symantec.com/norton/ps/3up_nl_nl_navnis360t1.html?om_sem_cid=hho_sem_sy:us:ggl:en:e%7Ckw0000006084%7C7265273116

MacAfee (Mac + PC Compatible): http://home.mcafee.com/Root/stdLandingPage.aspx?culture=en-us&Lpname=home_MAC_LP&aco=0

Microsoft ForeFront (Windows security software): http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/

ESET NOD32 Antivirus (Mac + PC Compatible): http://www.eset.com/us/home/nod32-antivirus


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