Step 10. Stop using Internet Explorer and Outlook
The Danger: many viruses and
malicious programs target Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
The Cause: IE and OE are unquestionably the
most popular web browser and email client in the world. They are the
default applications that a majority of Windows users are familiar with.
Because of this, many viruses and other malicious programs are created to target
specific vulnerabilities in these two programs. Since the user base is so
huge, they can afford to be specific. These viruses generally will not
affect systems which employ other products for their web browsing and email
The Cure: Learn to use a new web browser and
There are several free browsers and email clients
available that can easily replace IE and Outlook Express. The trick is to
get used to using them. By not using IE and OE, you considerably reduce
the danger of infecting your system with a virus.
Some examples of alternate browsers and mail clients include;Mozilla the makers of this popular browser also offer Thunderbird, a free email client.Opera. Eudora which
is an ad-supported mail client with a long and successful history.
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