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Virus Prevention

Preventing viruses helps ensure your computer not only works as promised but also does not infect other computers on the network. There are several steps you can take to prevent viruses:

  1. Make sure McAfee Anti-Virus is always running and up to date.

  2. Don't open email attachments you weren't expecting to receive.

  3. If you are using a CD or floppy disk that someone sent you, scan it with McAfee before you access the files.

  4. Schedule McAfee to perform a complete scan of your computer at least once a week.

  5. Beware of hoaxes. Occasionally, emails are sent purporting to show you how to "clean" your system. Following the steps often have nothing to do with viurses and may actually stop your computer from working. If you have a question about an email such as this, contact the Help Desk before doing anything suggested within the message. You can read about the latest hoaxes on the McAfee Virus Hoax web page.

  6. Check on the RU Secure site often for updated virus announcements.

  7. Don't download software via the Web from unknown or untrusted web sites. If you visit a web site and are prompted to download anything, know what you are downloading and where it is coming from before proceeding. If you're unsure, don't download!

  8. Do not install p2p (peer-to-peer) or other file sharing programs. These types of programs have a long history of being harbingers of bad news for your computer. They make the transfer of not only viruses but spyware and adware much easier.