Second line of defence
Just installing an anti-virus is not enough. Here are a few steps that are essential even with an anti-virus software installed.Updated: Dec 06, 2003 16:32 IST
Just installing an anti-virus is not enough.
Here are a few steps that are essential even with an anti-virus software installed.
Create an emergency disk which will contain the DOS version of the anti-virus software along with the ability to clean viruses. The emergency disk should be a bootable CD or a bootable floppy. Write-protect the floppy and store it safely.
Set your anti-virus software to automatically download the updates. If automatic updates are not available, check for updates at least once a week.
Set up the anti-virus software to automatically scan downloads and e-mail.
Set up the anti-virus software to automatically scan any removable media, especially if you copy files from the removable media.
Do not disable the anti-virus software that is residing in the taskbar and monitoring all files.
Schedule a virus scan once every week.
In the settings for the anti-virus software, enable the highest protection possible. Keep it to scan all files by default (as opposed to only program files).
Set the setting to automatically clean the file if a virus is found and, if cleaning is not possible, to isolate the file or delete it. This will allow you to schedule automated scanning without your intervention in case a virus is found.
Do not disable logging for any virus scans. Make it a point to view the logs after every scheduled scan or a full-system scan.
First Published: Nov 28, 2003 21:35 IST