How to remove a virus manually
WHY DOESN'T BULLGUARD REMOVE THIS VIRUS?
Most likely, the detected virus is placed inside an archive-file or packed file.
An archive-/packed file is characterized by being 1 file containing a bunch of other files.
The most common example is your mail-archive: Most mail-programs use 1 file which contains all the mails you sent and receive. Outlook, Outlook Express and Eudora are examples of mail-programs using an archive-file to store all emails.
Each mail-program has its own special way of keeping track of the individual files inside the archive-file. This is why it's very dangerous for 3rd party companies - like BullGuard or other anti-virus producers - to mess around inside these files: Since we can never be 100% sure to know the internal logic of the file there is a great risk of messing up the archive-file and making it unreadable to the mail-program.
This danger is very real: The world of anti-virus is full of horror-stories telling the tale of anti-virus products trying to remove a virus from an archive-file and ending up accidentally deleting the entire inbox for the user.
This is why BullGuard doesn't offer an automatic removal in these cases. The risk of destroying all your e-mails is simply too great.
Sometimes, when BullGuard encounters a virus on your computer, you will not be given the option to disinfect.
You can read why in the box to the right. This guide will show
you how to remove such a virus manually.
If you are not familiar with computers, it is recommended that you team up with a computer-wise friend :)
Note: This guide is for BullGuard v8.0. If you are using Windows Vista, choose the following guide: BullGuard v8.0 for Vista.
Locate the virus
First of all you have to locate the virus. To do so, take a close look at what BullGuard tells you in the message box:
"Object C:\Documents and settings\Tjes Boogie\Local settings\Application data\Outlook\Outlook.pst => [subject: eicar] [from: Theis Sondergaard] => eicar.com is infected with EICAR STANDARD TEST FILE"
In the above example it is clear that the virus is located in the users Outlook - an e-mail with the subject "eicar", sent by a person called "Theis Sondergaard" has an attachment called "eicar.com" which is a virus.
Another example is this:
"Object C:\Documents and settings\work.zip => eicar.com is infected with EICAR STANDARD TEST FILE"
Here we are dealing with a file within a zip-archive - the file "eicar.com" is a virus and it is placed within the archive-file "work.zip".
It's now your turn to figure out if the virus your BullGuard has found is located inside your email archive, a .zip archive or another location:
My BullGuard has detected a virus inside a mail-archive
My BullGuard has detected a virus inside a zip-archive or rar-archive
My BullGuard has detected a virus, but it doesn't fit any of the above scenarios