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How to find whether a virus is real or hoax by McAfee VirusScan 9.0

A virus is a potentially harmful code used to damage computers. Mostly viruses spread through sharing of files without the users knowledge. Rumors about new viruses are unleashed every day which may or may not be true.

The solution to the problem

Follow the instructions to find whether a virus is real or hoax:

  1. 1

    Right-click on the ‘McAfee’s VirusScan’ icon in the system tray.

  2. 2

    Click ‘Open SecurityCenter’.

  3. 3

    In the ‘McAfee SecurityCenter’ dialog box, click ‘Find Out About Viruses’, and a default browser opens up.


Some older viruses are harmless, but new viruses can erase files saved on your hard drive, slow down your computer, prevent your computer from starting up, e-mail files from your computer to strangers, crash e-mail servers or cause other problems to a network and do other kinds of damage. You can protect your computer against most types of viruses by installing virus protection software.

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