AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAM

More than a third of the respondents to a recent poll said they were hit by at least two viruses during in the past year.  With that in mind, here are seven steps you can take to develop an effective anti-virus program.

 

1.    In both home and business computer networks, there are many levels or points of anti-malware/virus protection.  They including: the Internet gateway, mail server, file server, and each individual desktops.  Protecting at these levels can get expensive.  At the very least, you should have anti-virus software installed at each computer in your home or office.  Remember, you should ultimately have full protection at the desktop level because that's where the virus starts.

 

2.    If you do not have anti-virus software on your system, consider installing one of the following:

  • Windows Defender (free with Windows 7, 8 and 10).
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (free with Windows 7)
  • AVG Internet Security (free version, or fee based Professional)
  • avast! Internet Security (free version, or fee based Professional)
  • Norton Internet Security (Fee based)

 

3.    Ensure all anti-virus software installations and definitions are updated regularly. Setup your anti-virus software to: 1) automatically download the latest virus definition on a regular basis (i.e., weekly), or 2) manually download the latest virus definitions.

 

4.    Establish personal/business security policies.  The policy might include:

 

  • A requirement that all desktops are kept up-to-date on Microsoft Critical and Security Updates
  • A requirement that critical files are backup daily, weekly or dynamically (i.e. off-site or in the Cloud)
  • A requirement that all desktops are installed with active anti-virus protection
  • A provision for updating virus definitions regularly (weekly or monthly)
  • A provision for scanning all files at least weekly, on command and when accessed
  • A provision against downloading files from the Internet
  • A requirement that anti-virus program installations on each computer are set to "Real-Time" protection; and,
  • A requirement to run "Quick" or "Full" virus scans daily (in the early morning hours)

 

5.    Make sure you're familiar with what sort of support and help your anti-virus vendor offers. Most vendors provide some advice and support for their customers.

 

6.    Create an outbreak checklist that delineates how you will recover after an outbreak. The checklist should outline each step needed to 1) stop the outbreak, 2) minimize its affects, and 3) update your systems within a minimum amount of time.

 

7.    If infected, you should attempt to determine where viruses entered your network and identify products or procedures that will address the problem.

 

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