The software can also help you clean your computer if you should happen to have a virus. The important thing to remember about anti-virus software is that you make sure to update it often so that you get the latest computer virus definitions installed into the software program. There is no point in having the anti-virus software if youre not going to update it. Youll be able to get updates from the vendor that sold you the anti-virus software, such as Norton.
Many times you may already have anti-virus software on your computer in which case you be sure to uninstall it before installing your new software. To find out if you have virus software check under your Start menu to see if you one listed, such as McAfee or Norton. Keep in mind that just because you have anti-virus software already installed on your computer that it (1) might not be working, and (2) hasnt been updated for a long time.
Once youve installed anti-virus software on your computer youre going to want to make sure that you use it correctly. Make sure that the settings in your computer automatically turn the anti-virus software on when you boot up your computer. You always want to be protected. If youre downloading something off the Internet your anti-virus software will let you know if there is a problem.
You can also use the anti-virus software to specifically scan any downloads, or files, that that have been sent to you via e-mail. If you are alerted that you have a virus your software will guide you with the right steps to removing it. Make sure that you dont continue to use your computer until the virus, or worm that you have, is removed. You dont want to send e-mail to friends and help in the spreading of the virus.