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McAfee Threat Center

More than 62,000 virus threats exist today. The McAfee AVERT Threat Center has detailed information on where viruses come from, how they infect your system, and how to remove them. McAfee AVERT (Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team), the leading anti-virus research organization, tracks the latest viruses and trojan horses to keep you up-to-date with the many new, and altered, viruses emerging every day via a Breaking Advisory page.

Don't let your guard down!

Remember: Never open an email attachment unless you know what it is--even if it comes from someone you know and trust.

Be aware that the people who create viruses can use known hoaxes to their advantage. A good example is the AOL4FREE hoax. This began as a hoax warning about a nonexistent virus. Once it was known that this was a hoax, somebody began to distribute a destructive trojan horse (a trojan horse differs from a virus in that it does not reproduce itself) in a file named AOL4FREE, attached to the original hoax virus warning! The lessons are clear:

  • Always remain vigilant
  • Never open a suspicious attachment

Before You Forward That Virus Warning ...
... check to make sure that it is legitimate. Propagating hoax email virus warnings can be just as damaging as an actual virus. Before you ever forward this type of message, check this site and check with your system administrator.