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    Posted: Mar/20/2008 at 6:15am

If you don't have any antivirus software on your system (shame on you), or if the software has stopped working, stay online and go for a free scan at one of several websites. There's McAfee FreeScan, Symantec Security Check, and Trend Micro's HouseCall. If one doesn't find anything, try two. In fact, running a free online virus scan is a good way to double-check the work of your own local antivirus program. When you're done, buy or download a real antivirus program.

 

If you have antivirus software, but it isn't active, get offline, unplugging wires if necessary whatever it takes to stop your computer from communicating via the internet. Then, promptly perform a scan with the installed software.

If nothing seems to be working, do more research on the web. There are several system restore software can help you. There is AyRecovery  EAZ-FIX. You can restore computer system easily and quickly to a previous healthy state from system with software conflicts, , virus attacks, even corruption and many other problems.

Be careful with email. Set your email software security settings to high. Don't open messages with generic-sounding subjects that don't apply specifically to you from people you don't know. Don't open an attachment unless you're expecting it.

 

If you have broadband internet access, such as DSL or cable, get a router, even if you only have one PC. A router adds an extra layer of protection because your PC is not connecting directly with the internet.

Check your internet ports. The status of these doorways between your computer and the internet has three different variations: open, in which case your PC is very vulnerable; closed, but still somewhat vulnerable; or stealthed (or hidden), which is safest. Visit Gibson Research's website and run the free ShieldsUP test to see your ports' status. If some ports show up as closed or worse yet, open check your router's documentation to find out how to hide them.

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