1. Stay aware of current virus news by checking sites like McAfee's AVERT Alerts.
  2. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date, and use it. The University of Alabama distributes the McAfee/Virex line of software to its faculty, staff, students, and retirees.
  3. Make sure that your anti-virus software checks all files every time they're opened.
  4. Don't open e-mail attachments that you did not expect and don't know exactly what they are.
  5. When downloading files from the Internet, download only from reputable sites and scan the files before executing them.
  6. Be careful exchanging disks and files between computers. If you are taking a file to a computer lab for printing, write-protect the floppy disk.
  7. If you use Microsoft Outlook (not Express) for e-mail, make sure that the "automatic preview" feature is disabled. You can find this option under the "View" menu.
  8. Make sure that Microsoft Office macro virus protection is enabled.
  9. Consider deinstalling Windows Scripting Host.