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The following mainly applies to windows based systems.
And if you are a good proofreader and see any errors email me so I can correct them.
 Since we are a group of individuals who frequently email each other and sometimes a members computer gets a virus this page was felt needed.
Usually if someones computer is compromised and the virus gains access to the users email account, the virus will send an email to everyone in the persons address book, or sometimes anyone that has ever sent an email them.
 
Typical other symptoms of having a computer virus. ( list taken from malwarebytes.org site.)
 
  • You may receive the error “Internet Explorer could not display the page” when attempting to access certain websites
  • Your web browser (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) freezes, hangs or is unresponsive
  • Your web browser’s default homepage is changed
  • Access to security related websites is blocked
  • You get redirected to web pages other than the one you intended to go to
  • You receive numerous web-browser popup messages
  • Strange or unexpected toolbars appear at the top of your web browser
  • Your computer runs slower than usual
  • Your computer freezes, hangs or is unresponsive
  • There are new icons on your desktop that you do not recognize
  • Your computer restarts by itself (but not a restart caused by Windows Updates)
  • You see unusual error messages (e.g., messages saying there are missing or corrupt files folders)
  • You are unable to access the Control Panel, Task Manager, Registry Editor or Command Prompt.
  • Also if you do a search with Google and you get Yahoo list as results, you are compromised.
 
The following is a basic fix. sometimes viruses block antivirus programs from being ran. That is a more advanced topic.
 
 
1) goto malwarebytes.org   -download the free  version, then install it.  After installing, It should update to the latest virus list . Then have it scan your computer. once it starts scanning, disconnect your internet connection. In case of a computer with wifi, unplug the cable modem. Sometimes viruses may have someone who is remotely able to control the computer. they will then re-add virus as they are removed.
 
2)  After running the malwarebytes program  a few times. ( until no more Detected) Reboot computer and run one more time.
 
3) Mcafee and Norton are notorious for being easily compromised by viruses. Uninstall and install something else like Avira or Avast or Kaspersky
 
4) Go to each email of other online account you have and change your passwords.  If you have a gmail account go to http://www.google.com/landing/2step/   .  If your computer had send emails to everyone, at lease email people let them know you have discovered the situation and corrected it. 
 
5) Update and run the malwarebytes program every 3 days for a couple of weeks. to see if anything comes back.
 
6) Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool   http://devbuilds.kaspersky-labs.com/devbuilds/KVRT/latest/full/KVRT.exe
 
 No guarantees the above or any Antivirus program can detect all viruses or NSA programs.  But it should get the known ones.
 
For Windows XP users  if your computer is still running slower than is normal - try 2 things.
1st uninstall the last 5 updates to windows.
Step 1  Click the Windows XP “Start” menu and select “Control Panel.”
Step 2  Click “Add or Remove Programs.”
Step 3  Click to enable the “Show Updates” check box, located at the top of the window. This option displays all security patches currently installed on your system.
Step 4  Select the update you wish to remove, and click the “Remove” button next to the item in question. If prompted for confirmation or further actions, follow the instructions presented on the screen to complete the removal procedure.
 
2nd Install Firefox web browser then uninstall Internet explorer 8  if computer still slow uninstall internet explorer 7 also.
 
 
 
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Now- How Not to get a virus in the 1st place.
 
  • Never click on a link or run a program anyone sends you by email , even your best friend.  If you really want to see the joke they sent you, Google it then look at it. 
  • Never type a web address as you an easily mistype it and to to a virus site made just for getting into peoples computers. Instead Google it or search for the website. Click to run it from there.
  • Avoid just anyone attaching a usb flash drive to your computer. They may have a virus on it that installs when drive attached. It is a common method used to break into super secure computer networks.