Ways to remove e-mail viruses from your computer to stop them from spreading
What are e-mail viruses? How can you prevent them from spreading?
E-mail viruses are popular computer viruses. It is a set of computer code attached in an e-mail. Once you download, open or click on the attachment containing a virus, the whole system gets affected by it even before antivirus software can detect it. E-mail viruses can change your homepage automatically, monitor web browsing, pop-up ads constantly while surfing the Internet or make the computer run more slowly than before. Viruses are those programs that can impair certain computer programs and files resulting in difficulty in accessing software or running them. Some may affect data on a computers hard disk resulting in a system crash.
Ways to prevent viruses from spreading and ways to remove e-mail viruses completely from an infected system:
- Preventing the spread of e-mail viruses
- Removal of e-mail viruses
A virus can slow down the system as they consume computer memory for their execution. It can affect operations and as a result, the system will hang frequently. At times, the system may restart suddenly and cannot be reloaded properly. These viruses can damage or delete program files and system files because of which, applications on the system may not work properly.
Preventing the spread of e-mail viruses
Install an effective antivirus program purchased from a reputed vendor. Update the antivirus program and download updated virus definitions. After updating, configure the anti-virus program to make automatic updates. Disable automatic opening of attachments. Some e-mail clients can be configured to open attachments automatically when the mail is opened which does not give you the opportunity to examine an attachment before it is run. It is recommended to perform a regular full scan of the system to detect a virus attack.
Generally speaking there are two ways to get rid of e-mail viruses. One is your self-awareness. You have to be more careful and prudent while using the Internet. Do not open any unknown links. Also, you may manually find out the traces of e-mail viruses on your computer and delete them. The second way is the use of professional tools. Close the e-mail program as soon as you suspect a virus and also any other active downloads. Restart the computer. After restarting, open the virus protection program. Do not open any other program. Run a full scan of the computer and eliminate any threats found. Run a scan of the computer using Ad-Aware software or malware removal software.
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