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How can you tell???These days, computer viruses almost always travel the same way. It is nearly exclusively through e-mail attachments that computers like yours and mine become infected with worms, trojans, and other viruses. Anti virus software can protect you, but what if the virus is new? Your anti-virus software might miss it. What follows are simple steps you can take to recognize an e-mail virus when you see one.
- Is there an attachment? (There will be a paperclip icon to the left of the message.)
- Is the message impersonal? (No "Hi Dan!", just something like "I submit this for your perusal" or "This is cool!"
- Did the sender fail to sign the message at the bottom?
- Does the message contain bad grammar?
- Does the attachment have one of the following extenders: .EXE .COM .BAT .PIF .SCR .VBS .HTA .REG .ZIP
- Is the message unexpected, or in some way inconsistent with usual email patterns?
Instead, contact the sender and ask if they sent you a message. If they did not, we are at the 100% certainty mark that our email is a virus. Delete the e-mail message, and there will be no harm done to your PC, provided you did not open the attachment.