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Viruses: The scourge of the Internet

It seems like every time you turn around, there's another virus, trojan, or worm out there that exploits some vulnerability or other in Windows, which runs some 90% or so of the world's computers. But there are things you can do to protect yourself, and you don't need to even pay for it, either!

Yes, anti-virus programs such as Norton Antivirus and McAfee Viruscan have been around for years. However, you have to keep paying them to keep your computer updated with the latest virus definition files. Well, there is now a solution that works very well indeed that's free for home users. It's called Anti-Vir, which has a proven track record of getting rid of viruses, plus it also automatically reminds you to update it every two weeks, and the download process takes no more than a few minutes over a dialup connection.

If you use Windows, you are strongly encouraged to give Anti-Vir a try. It's just a free download away, and you're getting excellent virus protection. There's nothing to lose other than harmful viruses, trojans, and worms that can do nasty things like erase files or turn your computer into a spam zombie that sends out spam E-mails to everyone in your address book.

Another thing you can do to protect yourself is to change web browsers. It's very widely known that Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser and Outlook Express E-mail client are full of security holes that leave you wide open to the potential for viruses. In fact, the situation is so bad that some computer security experts have said that Internet Explorer has more holes in it than Swiss cheese, and that even the federal government is urging people to stop using Internet Explorer. The solution? Switch to Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is a browser that has been around for only about two years or so, yet it is rapidly gaining in popularity due to it being a much more secure browser than Internet Explorer. Firefox has even earned the endorsement of I.T. professionals that hold the prestigious Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification. Also, if you are a Macintosh or Linux user, Firefox is also available for those platforms, too.

If you're accustomed to using an E-mail client such as Outlook Express, Firefox also has a companion E-mail client of its own called Thunderbird. Just like Firefox, it too is just a free download away, and, like Firefox, is also available for the Mac as well as for Linux. If you use Windows, you are strongly encouraged to download and install Anti-Vir, Firefox, and Thunderbird. Your computer will thank you for it.