Trojan Horse Viruses
A Trojan horse is an email that contains a malicious code pretending to be a harmless program. They encourage victims, with persuasive language, to open attachments and click on a link. Once opened or clicked, the "Trojan horse" infects your computer.
Use the following guidelines to protect your computer against these vicious viruses:
- Install virus protection software and keep it up-to-date. Most current anti-virus software programs do a good job protecting against known viruses.
- Delete and/or do not open e-mails from unknown senders.
- Be cautious when opening attachments – even from a familiar source. Contact the sender to verify they sent the email.
- Be suspicious of e-mails that instruct you to click on a link – many times the simple click can lead to installing a computer virus or take you to an unsafe web site.
Remember to keep information safe. Once a virus has taken over your computer, the information you entered could be stolen and compromised, including email addresses, bank accounts and credit card numbers. Keeping information safe has never been as important as it is today.