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Anti virus programs are they working for You ?
Updating Anti Virus Programs
AVG
Anti Virus Xpert
Command antivirus
Computer Associates
Kaspersky Anti-Virus
Mcafee
Norman Data Defense
Nortons (Symantec) Anti virus
PcCillin

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Anti virus programs are they working for You ?

If you don't have an anti virus program Get one, keep it updated and use it.
An anti virus program is only as good as the user/operator.
Installing an anti virus program 6 months ago isn't going to do you a whole lot of good if its simply installed and not running.

Keeping a good anti virus program running on a continuous run basis is all well and good but if you don't update it regularly its not going to help protect you against new items such as the recent outbreak of email worms.

It is a good idea to get yourself in the habit of not only keeping an updated antivirus program running all the time while you work, especially while doing email and web related tasks to on demand scan incoming email and attachments.
But it is even better to schedule a routine update and then Complete system scan.

Most anti virus programs default install to, Only scan "Program files" once installed you should go in and check your options/settings/preferences to be sure your program is set to ALL FILES "And "including Compressed files"

Most good anti virus products update their virus patterns at least once a week or every 7 - 10 days others update on daily basis.
Updating your program once a week to catch the newest items and Immediately when there are outbreaks such as Sircam only take a few moments of your time to keep your system safe as its run on a regular basis and a complete system scan once a month will help to verify nothing is sitting waiting to trigger at a later date.
Once a month is a decent time frame for the average user to do a Complete scan.
However it is an even better idea to do it once a week if you have the time right after you update your software.

As well as using a Good updated anti virus program also needs updated user information. The more informed You are concerning virus outbreaks and software updates available the better your product will be to you. We highly recommend you find yourself a good virus warning list. Either one specific to your anti virus product, or a general all around list.

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Updating Anti Virus Programs

Manually and scheduled updating for various antivirus programs.
When Scheduling updates where applicable it is advisable to choose a day/time
either late at night or on weekends when the update servers will not be as active.

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AVG

http://www.grisoft.com/

Manual/on demand updating:

Open AVG control centre and click Update Manager and select update now.

Scheduled Updating:

Open AVG control centre and click Update Manager
Select "allow scheduled updates"
Select the time of day that is convenient preferable options:
Update if database is older then 10 - 14 days
If not successful then repeat in 1 day (will try exactly 24 hours later)
Select Apply to finish

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AVX (Anti Virus eXpert)

http://www.centralcommand.com/

Information unavailable at this time.

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Command antivirus

http://www.commandcom.com/index_nav.html

Manual/on demand updating:

Open Command antivirus click Update Deffiles 

Detailed information unavailable at this time

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Computer Associates

InoculateIT PE

http://www.antivirus.cai.com/current_users.htm

EZ-Antivirus

http://my-etrust.com/products/info/Antivirus/

Manual/on demand updating:

From your start menu select Auto download from the InoculateIT program menu
Or
Open InoculateIT and select Tools->auto download.

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Kaspersky Anti-Virus

(Previously known as AntiViral toolkit Pro prior to Feb-01-2001)

http://www.kaspersky.com/

Kaspersky now has available a cumulative/weekly update and a daily update with the daily being any important items they feel shouldn't wait till the next cumulative update.†

Manual/on demand updating:

From your start menu select AVP updater from the Kaspersky Antivirus program menu
Or
Open Kaspersky Antivirus Scanner select Tools->update now.

Scheduled Updating:

There is no scheduled updating with Kaspersky antivirus however there is areminder service included:
Select Tools->customize and choose Check for updates every 7 days.

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Mcafee (also known as Drsolomns)

http://www.mcafeeb2b.com/default.asp

For Drsolomns users:
Product no longer available for new users however updates still available for current users.

Manual/on demand updating:

Open your respective software virus scan scheduler, double click "Auto update", select "Run Now" to do a manual live update. You will need to also select "Auto upgrade" regularly to update your program scan engine.

Scheduled Updating:

Open your respective software virus scan scheduler, double click "Auto update", select "Schedule" to set up a timed live update.† Select "enable" and check off "weekly" as these updates are generally available every Wednesday later in the evening.
You will need to also select "Auto upgrade" to schedule a program scan engine update, this can be done monthly.

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Norman Data Defence

http://www.norman.com/

Manual/on demand updating:

From the Norman folder in your Start Menu select "Internet Update"

Scheduled Updating:

Normans only has the option to schedule update checks daily either upon Internet connection or at a preset time:††
Open Normans Configuration Editor select "Installation" settings and select either "Upon Internet connection", or at a "Scheduled time", (Scheduled time is preferable or Normans will attempt to update with Every Internet connection you make during the day).
Select "Save"† to finish.

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Nortons (Symantec) Anti virus

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/

Manual/on demand updating:

From your start menu select "Live Update" from the Nortons program menu
Or
Open Nortons software and select the "live update" button

Scheduled Updating:

Nortons no longer has its own "schedule" for updating instead uses the Windows task scheduler in an attempt to help you keep your scheduled tasks together and easier to manage.
From your start menu select "Schedule" a scan or "liveupdate" from the Nortons
program menu.

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PcCillin (also known as Trend AntiVirus)

http://www.antivirus.com/pc-cillin/

Manual/on demand updating:

Open PcCillin select Update then select "Update Now".

Scheduled Updating:

Open PcCillin select "Update" then select "Update Later".
It is not advisable to enable the startup update as this will attempt to update with every system startup/reboot.
"Enable Scheduled updates Daily" is the preferable choice.† Do NOT select "Update" virus pattern only to ensure you also obtain the program updates when they are available.†
Select "Apply" to finish.

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