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Anti-virus tools recommended
by MAIN staff and volunteers

Postini is available for all MAIN email accounts. This service uses automated filters to check each piece of incoming mail for viruses, and may also be set to catch spam. Filtered mail is kept out of your inbox, but available for viewing at your convenience. Click the above link for complete details.

Trend Micro's House Call is a free general-purpose online virus scanner that can assist in the identification and removal of viruses. Be sure to double-click the virus name (if one is found and not marked as Cleaned) for further directions on how to clean out the infection.

If you know you have an infection, you can try the Trend Micro System Cleaner Package. Be sure to read this first, and download the latest pattern file for use with it.

To prevent infections, you may want to use AVG, from Note: If you have another antivirus package, it may not be compatible with this - see the links for other antivirus manufacturers here for information about those packages.

For a frequently-updated, detailed listing of viruses to watch out for, visit Trend Micro's Virus Information Center or Symantec's Security Response.

The free protection program Surfin' Guard (suitable for machines with at least 64 MB of RAM and 300 MHz processors only) does not require frequent updates, and will protect against malware (viruses, worms, etc.) that have not yet even been written, and it will work WITH other antivirus protection systems to provide added protection.

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