Computer Security Tip: Response to a Virus-Infected Computer

From Security Products Online

... courtesy of the Internet Education Foundation.

"If you feel that your computer has been hacked or infected by a virus, immediately disconnect it from the Internet (unplug the phone or cable line) [ and turn it off ed ]. Use a non-infected computer to download up-to-date virus software. Then [ turn on the infected computer, install the anti-virus program, and ed ] run the anti-virus program to clean up the problem. Remember to always keep your anti-virus and firewall software up to date and running in the background to prevent problems."

[ It is advisable, once you've run the AV software the first time, to update the virus definitions and then run it again. ed ]

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