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Virus Emergency Tips Sheet

CIPS Virus Emergency "Top 10" Tips:

  1. Always use an anti-virus program and obtain frequent updates.
  2. Purchase and install the latest anti-virus program and configure it to run when e-mail is received, even if your computer is not currently infected. (e.g. Norton Anti-Virus).
  3. Regularly backup important computer files.
  4. Never open suspicious* e-mail.
  5. Contact the author before opening unexpected e-mail to verify that he/she sent it or just delete the e-mail.


  1. Ensure that your e-mail reader's attachment security is set to "high."
  2. Do your homework. Visit credible web site links to obtain more information about the computer virus.
  3. Obtain helpful advice from an IT professional/CIPS member.
  4. Do not be afraid to ask questions. (The more you know, the better off you will be in the end.)
  5. Always use an anti-virus program and obtain frequent updates.

*suspicious e-mail:

  • Contains attachment(s) from someone you don't recognize.
  • Mail from someone you do know, but has an odd or conflicting message (e.g. 'I love you' from a business associate, etc.)
  • Any attachment that ends in .vbs, .exe, .js, .bat, etc.
  • Any mail that asks you to send it to everyone in your address book.

Web Site LINKS to Information Sources re: Computer Viruses

CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)
Virus Bulletin
Network Associates