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Viruses are programs that can replicate (make copies of) themselves on your computer and be transmitted to other computers, often by e-mail. In the process of doing this they may corrupt your computer or copy passwords, etc causing security concerns. New viruses are being created all the time by people intent on causing this type of damage.  Although you may have anti-virus software, it will not spot a new virus arriving by e-mail if it has not been kept bang up-to-date or if you are one of the first recipients of such a virus. If you receive any unexpected e-mail with an attachment  it could contain a virus, even if it appears to be from somebody you know.  Ask your IT support personnel for advice before opening such an e-mail or ask the sender what their e-mail is about.

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