How to avoid Trojans in your email…
Computer viruses and Trojans can download themselves onto your computer and quickly wreak havoc while there are many other issues with emails like email archiving which makes Trojans just that much more of a hassle. Some will completely shut down your computer, while others hide undetected and steal your personal and financial information. Many of these programs come through email, and there are specific steps you can take to protect yourself from them. By following these do’s and don’ts, you can protect yourself from these malicious programs.
Don't open an attachment if you do not recognize the sender. Someone who is unknown to you has no reason to send you an attachment. If it were a legitimate attachment, you would likely know the sender.
Don't open attachments that you do not expect to receive. Alert your friends and family that all attachments will be deleted unless you know it is coming. Some email viruses and Trojans will attach themselves to the address book on the infected computer and automatically email everyone in the group. This means your best friend that you hear from every day could inadvertently send you a virus.
Don't download anything unless you have a current antivirus program installed on your computer.
Do delete immediately an email with an attachment from someone you do not recognize.
Do not even open the email if it is from an unrecognized source, as the virus could automatically open as well.
Do install antivirus programs on your computer, and make sure they are updated. These links will show you reviews of some of the more popular antivirus programs:
[AntiVirus Software Product Comparisons](http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/)
[PC Mag AntiVirus Program Reviews](http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,4796,00.asp)
[Consumer Search AntiVirus Reviews](http://www.consumersearch.com/antivirus-software)
[Free AntiVirus Programs](http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/freeav.htm)
Do choose an anti-virus program that scans email attachments automatically.
Do tell others when you are sending an attachment so that they do not delete it in an effort to protect their computers.
Do choose an email program that has a built-in spam filter.
Do download any security patches and fixes available for your computer email program.
Do make yourself aware of any viruses currently being spread. These sites list the current viruses and Trojans that you should watch for:
[Current Virus Threats](http://www.norman.com/Virus/virus_threats/)
Do enable a [firewall](http://www.howstuffworks.com/firewall.htm) to protect your PC.
Do install [antispyware](http://www.surferbeware.com/spyware.htm) software on your computer to work in conjunction with your antivirus program.
Do enable automatic updates on your antivirus and antispyware programs.
Do read more about protecting your computer from viruses, Trojans, and other malicious programs in these links:
[9 Ways to Protect Your Computer](http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA011030691033.aspx)
[How to Avoid Email Threats](http://www.boloji.com/computing/042.htm)
[How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses](http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virus6.htm)
[Protecting Your Computer from Unwelcome Intruders](http://www.allaboutcookies.org/security/index.html)
Symantec - AntiVirus, Anti-Spyware](http://www.symantec.com/)