Your security software gives real-time protection against threats as they emerge, but regular system scans are vital.
Most security suites are configured to perform a scan once a week.
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Frequently updating your antivirus software will ensure that you are always armed and well prepared in the war against viruses, malware, spyware and other harmful computer invaders.
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Your security software should be set to check for updates at least once a day; this will already be the default setting for most current security programs, although it’s worth investigating your program’s settings to make sure this is the case.
If you’re in any doubt, and think that there might be a virus on your computer, then most security software suites or antivirus programs allow you to do an on-the-spot update to check for the latest threats.