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It is possible to have a computer virus or especially a browser hijack object (BHO) and not even know about it. That is why periodic virus and ad-, spy-, and malware scans are important as well as a firewall and a virus program of some type is desirable. Once these thing get on your computer they can cause damage, slow the computer, annoy people in your address book, and be very difficult to remove.
Sometimes you have to reboot in “Safe Mode” to remove the virus or spyware. This is done by turning on your computer and tapping the F8 key until you get a black and white screen with the option to boot in Safe Mode.
Much help for removing viruses and spyware can be found on the Internet. Sometimes it takes a special program, which can usually be found at your virus program company's website. Sometimes removal can be a very technical thing, but usually it is not. It really is true that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially so since you can get adequate protection for free!
Click on the link “Computer Necessities” and read there for more information on the programs. The programs are available at the “My Programs” link.