This article is from the Computer Virus for New Users FAQ, by Nick email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
For more information, and advice on avoiding and dealing with virus
infections, see the FAQs for <news:comp.virus> and <news:alt.comp.virus>:
"VIRUS-L/comp.virus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)"
"[alt.comp.virus] FAQ" (currently parts 1 to 4)
"ALT.COMP.VIRUS MINI-FAQ - READ BEFORE POSTING"
"Viruses and the Mac FAQ"
You can find the FAQs in the above newsgroups, in <news:news.answers>, or
in the Usenet FAQ archive at <http://www.faqs.org/faqs/computer-virus>.
Another source of information is the data on the web sites of anti-virus
software companies. You can find many anti-virus software companies listed
in the Virus Protection section of the Yahoo directory, at
Links to a variety of pages with virus-related information can be found in
the Virus section of Yahoo, at
A useful site for Macintosh virus information is <http://www.macvirus.com/>.
The newsgroups <news:comp.virus> and <news:alt.comp.virus> are available for
information, assistance, and discussions of all aspects of computer viruses.
Please check the FAQs before posting.
For information about some of the virus hoaxes and bogus warnings that you
may run into on-line, see my 'Scams and Hoaxes FAQ', available at
<http://www.faqs.org/faqs/net-abuse-faq/scams/> or in the newsgroup
Note: this FAQ is updated occasionally. Copies posted to the new user
newsgroups should be current, but if you found this FAQ somewhere else,
please see <http://www.faqs.org/faqs/computer-virus/new-users> for the