How Can I Remove An Email Virus?

An email virus is, as you can probably guess, a piece of malware that finds it’s way onto your computer via you email program. Typically an email virus will be opened by you the user and will arrive as an attachment to a message. Such viruses can be both problematic and dangerous for the following reasons –

  • they slow your computer down
  • they disable your antivirus or internet security program
  • they cause pop ups to start appearing on your screen, especially when you are surfing the web
  • they can monitor what you are typing on your keyboard and transmit that data to their handler
  • they can monitor the web sites you visit

how can I remove an email virus?

how can I remove an email virus?

Preventing an email virus

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that an email virus does not get onto your PC in the first place –

  • never open emails, especially those with attachments, if you don’t know the sender
  • do not download anything from unknown sites, this¬†especially¬†means “free” stuff
  • always scan attachments before opening them with an antivirus/internet security program
  • ensure you have a good firewall that is always switched on

Removing an email virus

If you have already been infected with an email virus then all is not lost. You can try the following in order to get rid of the infection –

  • use your security program to scan your entire computer for infections
  • quarantine/delete any viruses that are found
  • also search to see if any spyware is found (this is where an internet security program>an antivirus program)
  • delete any spyware that is discovered
  • continue to run regular scans in the future to ensure that your system remains virus free

If you are looking for a good quality antivirus program as well as strong antispyware defense then I would recommend reading my review of Kaspersky Internet Security 2012.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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