It is important to regularly download Windows Updates to patch any known vulnerabilities and to guard against the latest exploits of hackers. Otherwise, you can become infected by an malicious worm or virus simply by connecting to the Internet. To get the latest Windows Updates and security patches, go to and under Downloads click Get critical Windows security patches.

In addition, customers should also check their PCs to see if they are already infected with any viruses or worms. If you have virus protection software loaded on your computer, you should make sure that the virus definitions are kept up to date and scan your computer regularly. If you do not have virus protection software on your PC, you can still check to see if you are infected.

The chart on the right gives the current virus and worm status from with links to information and removal tools. thanks Symantec for its continued dedication to virus protection and for providing the virus and worm information on this page.