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Install anti-virus software
Because installing anti-virus software on your computer gives you a layer of vital protection. Anti-virus software will automatically scan files and emails as they are opened to make sure that your computer isn't infected. Better still, if you do have a virus on your system, most anti-virus software will automatically remove it as well.

Regularly update your system from the Microsoft Windows Update web site.
Because it's the web site that has the most recent updates for your operating system, software programs and hardware. It will keep your software updated with the newset and best code for device drivers, security, reliability and performance. Windows Update scans your computer and lists the updates needed on your system, you can then choose to download and install them.

Backup your most important data
Because you should protect against accidental data loss by regularly backing up your most important data such as documents, email, favourites, contacts, etc. Don't trust any of the main computer shops to backup your data before repairing your computer!

Do not open suspicious looking emails or emails that you were not expecting
Because those emails may contain viruses, trojan horses, spyware or adware. Always be very careful with opening attachments, even from people you know.

Regularly scan your computer for spyware and adware
Because spyware and adware are at best annoying with pop-up windows and at worse can assist criminals to steal your personal identity. If you use your credit/debit card online or online banking then you really should be certain that your computer is spyware/adware free.

If necessary, Install a good quality personal firewall
Because, on the Internet, hackers use malicious code—such as viruses, worms, and Trojan horses to try to find unprotected computers. If you visit risky sites such as adult, gambling, gaming and file sharing sites, a firewall can help protect your computer against security attacks.

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