Always run any executable (.exe) file or E-mail attachment through your Virus Checker/Scanner prior to opening or executing the program.
Update your virus detection programs frequently!! You need to stay on top of a new virus - if your checker doesn't have the new virus in its program it won't detect it. The two most common checkers are MCAFFEE and NORTON. If you use a different virus check program, go to the website of the program for updates. Try About.com Guide Mary Landesman's Repair Centre if you can't find your virus checker upgrades.
Don't accept files from people you don't know. Whether it is via chat, instant communicators or E-mail - it is not a good idea to open any file from a stranger.
Keep up to date on virus information. The E-mail site at About.com is a good place for news on E-mail viruses - for antivirus information and news visit About.com's AntiVirus site.
Don't spread false rumors!! It's not a good idea to post warnings on Bulletin Boards, send virus warnings via E-mail or talk about a virus in a kids chat UNLESS you know what you are talking about. Misinformation about a virus is almost as harmful as the real virus. Keep up to date and informed on the virus BEFORE you spread rumors about it.
If you think you could have virus on your computer - first, get off line. Then run your virus check program to see if it detects the virus. IF you do have a virus it will likely be named. You can then search out information on how to recover from the virus. Most can be fixed. Don't panic and try to fix something you don't know how to fix. Tell your parents, then get help if you have no idea what to do.