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Virus Attachments

 

It’s not always easy to spot a suspicious email. Luckily, your computer won’t be infected by just opening the email, but some attachments with common extensions like .doc or .docx can cause worlds of trouble. And even emails from friends could inadvertently or unknowingly contain a malicious attachment. Here are some ways to keep your computer safe.

Preventative measures

The best thing you can do to protect yourself against viruses is to trust your instincts and avoid opening email extensions that you're unsure of. To spot these types of emails, pay attention to extensions such as, .exe, .msi, .bat, .com, .cmd, .hta, .scr, .pif, .reg, .js, .vbs, .wsf, .cpl and .jar. 

Even the most vigilant computer user can’t always avoid downloading malicious attachments, but these tips will help you avoid problems.

  • Install anti-virus software, and keep it up to date.
  • If an attachment gives you an "uh-oh" feeling, don’t open it.
  • If a coupon or deal listed in an email seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t click on its attachment.

After the fact

If you mistakenly open a malicious attachment, immediately disconnect your computer from the internet to avoid spreading the problem. Then, scan your computer with anti-virus software and don’t input any personal or important information until your device has passed a virus scan.

Even our team receives emails with attachments that look very suspicious! It happens to everyone. Trust your gut. Delete if you're not sure. Or contact your client or friend and ask them if they email he or she sent is legit. No harm in asking.

For more tips on how to keep your computer safe from viruses, use our Contact Us form on our website. One of our IT techs would love to assist in keeping your computer system safe!

 
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