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Update Your Anti-virus Program

Computer viruses, worms, and other threats to computers are frequently created by malicious users, and to help your computer from becoming infected, anti-virus companies develop definition, identity, or pattern file updates that enable the anti-virus program identify and prevent new viruses, worms, and other threats from attacking your computer.

If your computer and anti-virus scanner is not updated it will be vulnerable to any computer virus or worm that has been released since your last update. This could mean if you have not updated your anti-virus program in over a month that your computer could be infected or have the potential of being infected by dozens of different viruses and/or worms.

Ultimately, it would be beneficial to check for updates every few days, but I realize that not all users can do this. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that you make an effort to update as much as you possibly can and/or update at least three times a month.

New computer viruses, worms, scams, and other computer related threats are posted on my free Virus news site daily. This page can also be used as a tool to help protect your computer and know when you may need to do an online virus scan or update your anti-virus program.

Update through anti-virus program

The majority of new anti-virus programs (programs or computers purchased after the year 2000) enable users to update their anti-virus program through the software. Open the Virus program and look for "Update", "Check for updates", "Live Update", or something similar. Below are some examples of how a user may update their anti-virus program.

         Microsoft Windows users running recent versions of McAfee can double-click on the Vshield icon in their systray and click "Check for VirusScan update" to check for available updates.

         Microsoft Windows users running recent versions of Norton can double-click on the Norton icon in their systray and click the "Live Update" to check for available updates.

Update Through Your Anti-virus Software Web Page.

If your anti-virus program does not include the ability to update your virus definitions through the software program or you wish to download your definition updates directly from the developers web page, make sure to first identify what version you are running and then visit your manufacturer's web page below to update your software.

         AVG Anti-Virus Updates

         Command anti-virus updates

         Dr. Solomon Anti-Virus updates

         F-Prot updates

         Inoculan anti-virus updates

         Kaspersky Anti-Virus updater

         McAfee Anti-Virus updates

         Panda Software updates

         RAV anti-virus updates

         Symantec Norton anti-virus updates

         Trend Micro PC-cillin updates

         SOPHOS anti-virus updates

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