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Google. Whatever you have, somebody else has had it before, and if you're lucky they've put up instructions on how to fix it. Major AV manufacturers also frequently have large online databases of known viruses with detailed removal instructions.

There are plenty of online forums dedicated to security. These are generally technical, rather than being geared towards helping individual users with common issues. News sites such as freshmeat.net and Slashdot also post information on newly-discovered vulnerabilities.

Major products:
Symantec - Norton AntiVirus
McAfee VirusScan
Windows Live OneCare from Microsoft
ZoneLabs makes ZoneAlarm firewall and antivirus software
LavaSoft - Ad-Aware, which focuses on spyware (which tends to be less immediately destructive) than viruses

Wikipedia has more comprehensive lists of antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software.

And you could always go for a Linux distro (maybe Ubuntu, which is fairly easy to use... or Gentoo, perhaps?) or buy a Mac if you want for... well, less viruses anyway. On the other hand, not being familiar with the system you're using puts you at a higher risk of doing something dumb.

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