Protecting Your PC
Using a Power Surge Suppressor
Power surges, for example, voltage spikes, power outages or blackouts may cause
Symptoms of voltage spikes include a flickering video display, unexpected PC
startups and the PC not responding to your commands. A voltage spike can
occasionally corrupt or destroy files. Because of this, you should:
Consistently make backup copies of your data files.
Prevent damage from voltage spikes by installing a PC surge suppressor
between the electrical socket and the PC powercable.
Using Virus Protection Programs
HP provides a virus-scanning software program to help protect your PC (select
A PC virus can destroy information on the hard disk drive. You can get a virus
from infected files that you open from:
An e-mail message or attachment.
A file downloaded from the Internet.
A diskette (floppy disk).
A CD or DVD disc.
Some viruses affect your PC immediately, while others may activate only if you
open a certain file or do not delete the file before a certain date. New types of
viruses are invented all the time.
The virus-scanning software program on your PC has pre-set options that make
your PC safe. After you enable the virus-scanning program, it checks your PC
files for viruses.
The virus-scanning program manufacturer provides free virus definition updates
through your Internet connection for an initial period after your PC purchase. You
can purchase a subscription service for updates after the initial free period
You should take the following precautions to protect your PC:
Do not open unsolicited e-mail from unknown sources.
Download files only from sources you feel are safe.
Always scan documents for viruses before opening them.
Make sure you have the latest version of your virus-scanning software.
Introducing the PC