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What is a Virus?

Computer viruses are software applications that are designed and written to destroy or corrupt data. Most viruses are obtained by sharing and copying infected software. A virus can also be acquired by downloading infected files from the Internet.

How to Scan for Viruses:

http://www.umflint.edu/helpdesk/perm/windows/installing-and-using-microsoft-security-essentials/

Virus scanning Information and software is available at the following site:

http://www.itcs.umich.edu/bluedisc/

To download the VirusScan software click on the link above then choose an operating system and a program to download. Then the directory will come up with the files you need to download to disk. Make sure the computer is not infected with a virus prior to downloading the software.

How to Protect Yourself from Viruses.

  • If your computer is infected:
  • Remove the virus by running virus protection software.
  • Be sure to scan all of your diskettes before reusing them to prevent further contamination.
    (If this doesn’t work, you’ll most likely have to delete the files from your system.)
  • If you suspect you have received a virus via email, do not open the attachment, but instead delete the mail message and inform the person you received it from.
  • As a general rule, never open an attachment from an untrusted source.
  • Always be careful when opening attachments from a trusted source.

 


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