Help! I Think My Computer Is Infected
You've just done something potentially foolish: You clicked on a link in some random instant message or opened an unbidden e-mail attachment, and you think you might have just infected your PC with a virus. What to do?
First off, remain calm. Once you've caught your breath, head on over to the wonderfully thorough instructions at Broadbandreports.com on what to do in this situation. I probably couldn't write a better primer on this topic if I tried, so I'm not going to.
If you're a computer security novice, it's a good idea to follow all of the advice and instructions at that site. Case in point:
"Don't stop when you find the first piece of malware. It is not uncommon for a computer that has been exploited through a security flaw to have been penetrated more than once. Also, some malware opens backdoors that facilitate the installation of software that enables use of the infected computer by remote control."
The site also contains links to dozens of free software tools that are extremely helpful in cleansing a befouled Windows PC, and in keeping it clean once you've scrubbed it. After you have read all of the instructions, if you have questions about any part of it or anything the programs themselves turn up, register at the site and post your query to the discussion forums there. The community at Broadband Reports is quite helpful and for the most part very kind to clueless computer users seeking help.
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