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How to Avoid a Virus

Tips on avoiding computer viruses.
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Some safe-computing tips from Microcom (see [Article link]):

* Treat public-domain and shareware software with caution. Before running it, check its health with a virus-detector scanning program. Viruses cannot replicate until the program they have infected is executed.

* Scan even commercially acquired disks; contaminated software can be inadvertently shipped directly to customers.

* Newly acquired software applications should be backed up immediately. Execute programs only from backup copies or from a hard disk, thus ensuring that unaffected disks are available should working copies become damaged.

* Make regular backups of customized files. If they're attacked, you'll save hours in rebuilding the system.

-- Robert. A. Mamis

Last updated: Apr 1, 1992




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