Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 12 - Virus Attacks
Remedies for Virus Attacks
Regardless of all these efforts, it is
conceivable that something could happen. Should that unfortunate
event occur, repair and restoration will be necessary.
Watch for some of these indicators that a virus
may have made it past a computer’s defenses:
The computer is running more slowly than
There seems to be activity on the hard drive,
even when the computer is apparently idle.
Other email users may give notification that
they have received a strange or unusual email that appears to have
been sent by a particular user.
Receiving emails from others complaining they
have been infected with a virus from a particular user’s machine.
However, these kinds of occurrences do not
necessarily mean a virus has infiltrated the system. An active hard
drive could be the result of a pre-scheduled utility performing a
routine of some kind. A computer running more slowly than usual may
have other explanations as well. A new program could be bogging the
system down and slowing the process, but if these explanations do
not apply, or if multiple symptoms begin to occur at one time, the
best course of action is outlined below.
Make sure anti virus software is installed and
running the latest version with the virus definitions updated.
Make sure all security patches and updates for
the operating system have been downloaded and installed.
Check to see that the latest version of the web
browser in use has been installed.
Shut down the computer’s ability to access the
Internet whenever a connection is not needed.
Power down the computer completely.
Get in touch with antivirus software vendor
support center for further instructions.
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