5. Know what processes usually run on your PC (press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and then click processes to see). You don't need to memorize them, but be familiar with them. If you suspect your computer is infected with a virus or adware, you'll usually see a process or two in the task manager that are unfamiliar.
6. If you are into downloading things that cause the RIAA to get upset, don't use P2P clients such as Limewire, WinMX, Grokster, or Kazaa. When using bittorrent, make sure you read a torrent's comments before downloading to make sure there are no viruses in it. If you absolutely must stay with P2P clients such as Limewire, keep a second computer (it can be anything, even something ten years old) for downloading your files. Scan the files for viruses before moving them to your main computer.
7. If you must download something that you think could contain a virus, always scan the file with an anti-virus before opening.
8. Don't become paranoid. The threat of viruses and malware is taken too seriously by many. While everyone should take precautions against viruses, there's no need to be a "virusphobe"
This guide is by no means meant to be a substitution for an anti-virus. In fact, I strongly recommend you use one. In addition, the best judge of what security measures you need to take is you. Everyone's computer is different so everyone has different security needs.
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