Help! I Can't Handle One More Virus!

Written by Maria Marsala

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~If you don't have an anti-virus program, test drive one ofrepparttar many programs available on a 30-day trial. Purchase a program that offers an automatic scheduler feature and setrepparttar 107898 system to update files once a week.

~The most popular anti-virus programs are McAfee and Norton, however there are many other programs available*.

~Costco, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc. carry one or both these programs and they all have online stores, too. Or try an online comparison store like,,

~Add "yearly update of my anti-virus program" to your business or personal budget.

~Put aside 30 minutes to readrepparttar 107899 directions of your new anti-virus program so that you know everything it can do. If you're updating,repparttar 107900 "read me" text file usually contains what's been updated or added sincerepparttar 107901 last version.

~Know, that if you have email programs other than Microsoft, you can still end up with a virus. Anti-virus programs are designed to destroy files and cause fear. Viruses have been targeted at Adobe PDF, ICQ and other Microsoft files!

~Microsoft provides updates to programs on their website. Security updates may include fixes for a virus and are called critical files. Visitrepparttar 107902 sites below once a month to update all critical files. MS Main Program Updates MS Office Updates

~When you use them properly, anti-virus programs work! However remember that they are reactive not proactive. Whenever you hear about a new virus, update your data files immediately.

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Written by Linda Johnson

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Now, lets say Word works fine most ofrepparttar time but in one particular document, every time you try to print or browse past a certain point, Word locks up or crashes. This is an indicator that there may be corruption within one ofrepparttar 107897 paragraph markers or inrepparttar 107898 final paragraph marker ofrepparttar 107899 document. To display your paragraph markers, look forrepparttar 107900 icon on your Standard toolbar that looks like a paragraph marker (or a backwards P) and click on it. This will showrepparttar 107901 paragraph markers atrepparttar 107902 end of each paragraph or wherever you hitrepparttar 107903 Enter key to drop down a line. Highlightrepparttar 107904 paragraph marker atrepparttar 107905 end of whatever paragraph you suspect to be corrupt and delete it. This will remove any special paragraph formatting that was applied to that paragraph and removerepparttar 107906 corruption with it. If your entire document appears to be corrupt (fonts are all screwy or graphics are displaying strangely or it is giving you sporadic error messages),repparttar 107907 best way to try to saverepparttar 107908 data is to highlight all ofrepparttar 107909 document EXCEPTrepparttar 107910 final paragraph marker and copy it and paste it into a new blank document. A large percentage of document corruption is stored inrepparttar 107911 final paragraph marker in a document and sometimes just putting it into a new document and leaving that paragraph marker behind fixes it.

Of course, there are rare occasions where none of these fixes actually fix your problem, so you may have to uninstall and reinstall Word. If you have Word 2000, you can go torepparttar 107912 Help menu and run Detect and Repair and this will fix many problems. If you can't get into Word at all, you can go to your Windows Control Panel and double-click on Add/Remove Programs and double-click on Microsoft Office in this list and you will see an option to repair Office. Both of these requirerepparttar 107913 Office CD to complete. However, if this still doesn't cure your problem or if you are using Word 97, which does not have Detect and Repair, you will have to uninstall and reinstall. Notice that I said to uninstall first because problems of this severity are rarely fixed by simply reinstallingrepparttar 107914 application over top of itself. And, another thing to know about Microsoft Office programs is that uninstalling them does not completely remove them from your system, so ifrepparttar 107915 part ofrepparttar 107916 program that was causingrepparttar 107917 problem has not been removed by uninstalling, it will still exist after reinstalling. To avoid this, Microsoft offers free downloadable Eraser Utilities to completely remove Office from your computer. I highly recommend you runrepparttar 107918 proper eraser after you uninstall and before you reinstall in order to guarantee a clean install. There are links torepparttar 107919 Eraser utilities for both Office 97 and Office 2000 at my Office page:

I hope this helps you with your troubleshooting needs. Though Word is a great program, when it's bad, it's very, very bad.

Linda is a college instructor of all of the Microsoft Office Programs, as well as Adobe PhotoShop and Windows. She teaches and lectures at many local businesses in her area. Author of "MS Word MAGIC! Book I: Fonts, Fun & Formats and Book II: Table Wizardry" and "How To Start a Career as a Software Trainer", Linda hosts her own Office Tips page at The Newbie Club at

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