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**Please recognize that the CedarNet support group volunteers are neither trained nor paid to help with virus removal. We are only attempting to help identify where it is propagating from so that you may help eradicate it.**

Anti-virus Information and Links

If you have antiviral software, it is critical that you make sure it is updated, and that it is scanning regularly on your computer. Many such programs have options to scan real-time, or simply on demand. Be sure to scan regularly if yours is not set to do so automatically. Also make sure you allow it to download the latest virus definitions regularly.

If you don't have this software, you should consider its purchase. It is a sad state of affairs that this type of software is even necessary, but unfortunately it is.
There are many companies that develop antiviral software, including:

  • AVG Anti-Virus - An anti-virus utility which is both effective and inexpensive. It even has a free version. We use the professional version on CedarNet's office computer.
  • Norton AntiVirus - From Symantec, this is one of the biggest names in anti-virus and firewall software; it is readily available in stores as well as online.
  • McAfee Security - Another big name in virus protection. They also offer firewalls and SPAM filtering products.
  • PC-cillin - Made by Trend Micro

FYI: if you click on the graphic below and purchase AVG from GRISoft,
a portion of your purchase will go to help support CedarNet!
AVG 7.0 Anti-Virus System

Good sources of information about viruses:

Free, online scan utilities will help detemine if your machine is currently infected:

  • FreeScan - McAfee's web site has a free scan utility to check your computer for viruses. It won't remove what it finds, but it may be able to confirm if you have it.
  • Housecall - Trend Micro also offers a free online scan

If you are unsure of what a computer virus is, or how you might get one, check out CedarNet's Virus page

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Last updated 20-May-2003

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