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Using Anti-Virus Software

Viruses and other malicious programs are transmitted over the Internet and can spread quickly to wreak havoc on personal computers and corporate networks. RBC maintains the latest in anti-virus software to detect and prevent viruses from entering our computer network systems. To protect your own computer, you should always use up-to-date antivirus software capable of scanning files and email messages for viruses.

How does anti-virus software protect my computer?

By scanning your files and email messages for viruses, anti-virus software can prevent your files from being corrupted or lost, and save you hours of frustration trying to restore an infected computer system. Anti-virus software can also protect you from dangerous "trojan horses", which are programs that allow others to gain control of your computer system remotely without your knowledge or consent. These programs can capture and transmit your personal information.

Where do I get anti-virus software and how can I keep it up to date?

A variety of anti-virus software packages are available on the market today. Many of these products install anti-virus updates to your computer automatically, as long as you have the update feature enabled.