ARCHIVED: At IU, how can I protect my computer from an email attachment infected with a virus?
Use antivirus software
The most important thing you can do to protect your computer from viruses is use antivirus/security software.
Note: For personal computers, UITS recommends Windows Defender for Windows 8.x, which comes as part of Windows 8.x as a full antivirus suite. Be aware that the earlier version of Windows Defender on IUware is not the full suite, but a spyware program only. For Windows 7 and Vista, UITS recommends Microsoft Security Essentials, available free of charge via IUware. Be sure to have only one antivirus program installed.
Handle attachments wisely
Email attachments are frequently the culprits in virus attacks. To protect yourself from viruses transmitted through email attachments:
- Don't open any attachment you were not expecting, even if
it comes from a trusted source, such as a family member, co-worker, or
- If you do not know the sender of a message that includes an
attachment, delete the message without reading it.
- Do not open any attached file ending in
- Never open an attachment without verifying that it's virus free. To open an attachment, first save it to your hard drive and then scan it with antivirus software, such as Microsoft Security Essentials. For help, consult your antivirus program's help documentation.
Last modified on August 23, 2013.