Using antivirus software


Virus-protection software is important to keeping your computer free of viruses. This software runs on your computer continuously, providing constant protection by scanning your computer and documents for viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other nasty codes that could corrupt and destroy your valuable data.

Check your PC

Check your PC for antivirus software

The first step in the battle to keep your computer system secure is to make sure you have antivirus software installed. Look in your “Programs” or “Applications” folder for any antivirus utilities from companies such as Symantec. If you don’t have virus software on your computer, you should buy and install it as soon as possible.

Setting up antivirus software

If you have an antivirus program installed, make sure to keep it updated to protect against the new viruses created daily. Most antivirus software updates automatically when you connect to the web. Double-check this feature by starting your antivirus program and looking for an update status. Then check your settings to ensure optimum scanning conditions:

  • “On-Access” or “Real-Time” scanning should be turned on.

  • Regular scans of your hard disc should be scheduled to occur automatically.

  • The software should be configured to scan e-mail messages.

If you are using Windows XP, your computer automatically gets new software updates to protect against viruses. See Protecting your PC, Virus protection FAQ and Protect your PC: firewalls to learn more.