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Thread #59388   Message #947797
Posted By: JohnInKansas
07-May-03 - 09:55 AM
Thread Name: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?
Subject: RE: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?
Demod -

You probably have a virus on your machine and you need to get it removed. The measures you've described may have limited what it can do, but in all likelihood it is still there, so whenever you put a new address in your book, it may attempt to start sending. Until you remove the virus, you - and all your contacts - are at risk.

For an initial check, go to any of the major anitvirus manufacturers' sites and look for a "scan your machine" link. Norton Preinstall check page is one good one. (http://security.symantec.com) This site will check your machine and send you to a subsite appropriate for the web setup you are using, where you should find a "Scan For Viruses" link which you should use immediately.

If a virus is found, the site should identify the virus and give you instructions for removing it. If you have trouble with the removal isntructions, make a note of what virus is indicated and do a web search (Google or other) or, if necessary, come back here and ask.

If you are using email it is essential that you have a good antivirus (AV) program on your machine. Any decent AV program should have told you the message was infected so you wouldn't have opened it. Once opened, the virus may have placed infected junk almost anywhere on your machine – which now may require fairly complex removal. What you have done so far has probably not removed any virus already on your machine, or prevented you from spreading it to others.

John