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Important Anti-Virus Information
There are many viruses, reportedly mass distributed by email. The most recent ones have been MyDoom and Netsky (plus variants). The aliases the virus uses and the text entered in the message subject fields varies and therefore the virus is difficult to identify. We can only recommend that customers refrain from opening attachments that arrive from an unfamiliar source and end with one of the following suffixes:
.pif .scr .exe .cmd .bat .zip
Viruses can significantly impact upon the efficiency of your PC and Internet usage and due to their very nature, have proved difficult to combat.
To avoid the potential risk of a virus attacking your PC, we recommend utilising anti-virus software should you not already be doing so. This will also provide ongoing reassurance, as these programmes significantly improve the likelihood of you automatically identifying and eradicating new viruses in the future. To better protect your PC against viruses, anti virus software should be updated regularly - ideally on a weekly basis.
If you already have Symantec or McAfee anti-virus software, please visit the relevant link below for information and advice on this particular virus:
The next links take you to websites where anti virus software can be downloaded free of charge. We cannot, however, be held responsible in the highly unlikely event of any such third party software adversely affecting your PC.
By following these recommendations, you should be able to rid your PC of viruses and just as importantly, safeguard your system against becoming reinfected.
We hope very much that you have found this advice beneficial. We can't unfortunately prevent the creation and deployment of viruses across the web, but moving forward, we will continue to monitor this area very closely and provide whatever advice and assistance we feel will benefit our customers.