2. Set your computer to automatically update the anti-virus software and
operating system when the computer is started.
3. Turn on your pop-up blocker
4. Do not open any e-mails from unknown persons
5. Do not download information from an unknown source (ads, pop-ups, etc).
6. Check if new programs were installed without your permission.
7. Schedule a full virus scan to run on your computer at least twice a month. The
scan will locate unusual activity on your hard drive.
8. Always read the entire Terms and Conditions Agreement when installing
anything on your computer. Sometimes the end of the agreement contains extra
items that are included in the download (ie. toolbar, gadgets, etc.) and could
If you believe a worm has infected your computer try to determine what type of worm it is by looking for recently added programs, examine programs that are acting unusual and investigate any unusual occurrences (excessive time opening files). Another method to determine what type of worm has infected your computer is running a virus scan. This tool scans your computer for potential worm/virus infestation. Once you have determined what type of worm is on your computer, locate the removal tool on a trusted web site. Removal tools are programs that scan your computer and remove the worm/malicious programs running on your computer. Removal tools can either be specific to the worm/malicious program or a generic format used by various types of infestations.
Worms can easily infect your computer but they also can take a long time to remove. Remember to practice the tips above to prevent infection. More information on worms and using virus removal tools can be found at Computer Hope.com