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msr's Christmas Computer advice

To answer the questions which are often asked on ARRSE:

Help! I think I've got a virus

If you want a 'one-off' test, get the The Emsisoft Emergency Kit, download the file and extract to a memory stick, then run start.exe.

Alternatively, you could try Nod32 online scan or Bitdefender online scan. Or try the Bitdefender rescue CD

If you are running anti-virus software, have you updated it today? If the intial 3 month offer which came with your computer has ended, there are a number of free antivirus programs available for non-commercial use:

If you are using your computer for commercial use, this is free:

Help! I think I've been infected with spyware / am plagued by popups

Quite frankly the The Emsisoft Emergency Kit knocks all the other anti-malware programs into a cocked hat. Download the free Malwarebytes or try Hitman Prhttp://www.surfright.nl/en Hitman Pro.

If none of the above has worked, try Norton Power Eraser

I am threaders with Internet Explorer, what else can I use?

Both Firefox and Opera offer free alternatives to IE. Neither suffer anything like the spyware problems associated with Internet Explorer.

Outlook Express is pants, what else can I use?

Try Thunderbird from the same stable as Firefox is much more secure than OE and will filter out junk email

What else can I do to protect myself?

The best way (if you are using Windows) is to run Windows Update (Start -> All programs -> Windows Update) and set it to download and install the updates automatically. The only thing to be aware of is Microsoft are putting some checking fixes into Windows to see if you have a legal copy. If you haven't then it will "Prompt and keep prompting" you to legalise your copy.

Ensure the other applications, especially Adobe flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Java - are up to date by uninstalling them and installing the latest versions.

Ensure all your applications are secure with this free utility from Secunia PSI

How do I extract a clip from a DVD?

http://web.archive.org/web/20070814074758/www.mrbelshaw.co.uk/teacher/video/fairuse.htm

I have a file with one of these extensions:

7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO

IZARC will open it, as will 7 Zip

I have another technical question...

Post it in the Computer Advice forum

I've been sent an email warning me about a virus, what should I do?

Delete it as it is a chain email. Don't believe me then do a google search for the email title and the word 'hoax'.

I've got any email asking me to forward it to everyone I know

Its a hoax/chain mail - delete it.

But it says its really important

Its a hoax/chain letter - delete it.

I don't believe you

Then just google the title of your email and hoax .....

I need a guide to Excel

This is the Excel Bible

I want a free piece of software to...

This is the site for you

I want to buy a new computer but have no idea which one

Try PC Pro's a-list for starters.

Speak to Uberware, the official Army Rumour Service gaming and computer sponsor. They provide the best custom gaming PCs as well as free advice. You can contact them at the Uberware web site or find them in the online gaming and computer advice forum.