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Just last week a friend of mine got a Trojan virus on his computer. The system was a complete loss. The virus deleted every program it could find and then prevented him from using the internet. We had to format the hard drive and re-install windows and all of the other programs he was using.
Steps to protect your computer and what I use.
3. Anti-spam e-mail program
4. Spy-ware software
5. Update your programs
6. Back up your files
Use live updates
Daily on CD
The Anti-virus program can prevent a virus from getting onto your system. The Firewall can stop hackers from breaking into your system. Anti-spam can help you delete a lot of the unwanted e-mail you get daily. Spy-ware can help you clean out little tracking programs and spy-ware from your system. Keeping your programs updated can increase your protection. Norton products have live updates. And always back up your files, but make sure your files are virus free before you back them up or you could be backing up the virus.