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Configuring Your Antivirus Software

By Peter H. Gregory

Part of Computer Viruses For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Properly configuring your antivirus software now can make your life easier and less stressful down the line. To protect your computer from viruses, apply the following configuration settings in your antivirus software program:

  • Whole-computer scan scheduled at least once weekly.

  • Virus signature update scheduled at least once daily.

  • Real-time virus detection turned on.

  • Heuristic virus detection turned on.

  • E-mail message scanning — inbound and outbound — turned on.