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Use of the following "best web-surfing practices" to protect yourself while surfing so you don't open the doors to viruses:

Don't be tricked into clicking advertisements or outside links - "You've won a new iPad!  Click Me!" - pay attention to where the link is going to take you before deciding to go there. Tip: Hover over the link with your cursor and make note of the address it would take you to if you clicked on it. Decide to go, or not go, based on that information.

Don't open emails with generic titles, claiming to be from financial institutions, or from unknown people in general - Most spam is just "annoying,” but an email asking you to "update your Paypal info" can be downright harmful … if you actually do it.

If you see a previously unknown application all of a sudden running on your PC, asking you to purchase it or telling you that you have a virus and “click this to fix it,” ask someone else if there is any validity to it before you click.  They may know that it is (or isn’t) legitimate.

You are the first line of defense in keeping unwanted programs from infecting your PC.

Next time: Tale of a Phish.