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To answer the questions which are often asked on ARRSE:
- 1 Help! I think I've got a virus
- 2 Help! I think I've been infected with spyware / am plagued by popups
- 3 I am threaders with Internet Explorer, what else can I use?
- 4 Outlook Express is pants, what else can I use?
- 5 What else can I do to protect myself?
- 6 How do I extract a clip from a DVD?
- 7 I have a file with one of these extensions:
- 8 I have another technical question...
- 9 I've been sent an email warning me about a virus, what should I do?
- 10 I need a guide to Excel
- 11 I want a free piece of software to...
- 12 I want to buy a new computer but have no idea which one
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.
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
If none of the above has worked, try Norton Power Eraser
I am threaders with Internet Explorer, what else can I use?
Outlook Express is pants, what else can I use?
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?
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
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
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.
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