If you suspect that your computer may be infected with a computer virus or otherwise compromised by hackers, the best course of action is to wipe the computer and reinstall your operating system and applications (see Reinstalling Your Compromised Computer for instructions). If this is not practical, you can attempt to clean your computer using these steps…

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The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft…

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