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The next section will deal with running a virus scan using AVG antivirus, a free virus scanner downloadable from the internet.
- To start click the desktop icon
- On the opening screen select “Check for Updates”, always make certain the latest update has been installed.
- Scanner will connect to the internet and download available updates
- Updates may include new virus updates and new components
- Select “Update” to download and install the new files
- When the download completes all files will be automatically updated
- Select “OK” to finish the updates
- Now everything is up to date a scan can be run. Select “Scan Computer” to begin
- The scan may take some time to complete
- A summary of the scan is displayed on completion, in this case no viruses were found
- Keeping the virus scanner updated can be automated so there is less chance of updates being missed or forgotten.
- This can be scheduled at start-up or a set time of day when the computer will be connected to the internet. This requires schedule to be set up, select “Scheduler”.
- Highlight “Update Plan” then select “Edit Schedule”
- Select the most suitable time from the drop down menu
- Also tick “If Internet connection is not available, check when it goes online”
- With both options selected, if the computer is not on at the scheduled time it will update when the internet becomes available. Select “OK” to set the new schedule.
- All files that are to be loaded onto the computer from other sources e.g. floppy discs, downloaded documents and attachments should always be scanned before you open them.
- Even if these files are received from family and friends, better safe than sorry.
- People may not realise they have a virus on their computer.
- A file is about to be opened off a floppy disc. Before the file is opened, right click on the drive then select “Scan with ….”
- The disc will be scanned ensuring no viruses are transferred to the system.
- If the scan finds no infected files the disc can be safely opened. Click “Close to finish”
- Always remember better safe than sorry.