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Getting rid of a boot-sector virus

I have a boot-sector virus. When installing anything but Norton 2002 it says I am virus free. How do I get rid of it?


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Several issues here. First, what is the name of the boot-sector virus? What do the programs tell you? Second, what virus definition are you using with Norton 2002? If you have an outdated definition file it may NOT detect the virus.

After you have resolved these two items try the www.symantec.com or www.MacAfee.com Web sites and look up your virus name. They both will list instructions on removal.

Remember to always update both your antivirus software and definitions. Without being both correctly installed and maintained, any antivirus program is useless.


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This was first published in March 2002

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