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Infection Via the Internet
Virus infection via files downloaded from the Internet is probably the fastest growing area of infection, paralleling the fast growth of Internet use itself. More and more companies are making software available over the Net, and for the mostpart getting a new driver or a software patch from reputable companies is safe, as long as you are sure that you are getting the file from an official source. However, the Net is also filled with "unofficial" software, pirated programs, and low-budget software from questionable sources, that may be intentionally or unintentionally infected with viruses.
Here, as in other places, you need to let common sense be your guide. The following precautions will be of assistance:
Warning: There are also
sources of pirated software on the Internet, if you know where to look for them. Using
these "services", aside from being of questionable character and usually
illegal, depending on where you live, is also dangerous to your PC. These illicit sources
of programs have a much higher incidence of viruses than legally-obtained software.