Top 10 tips to remove computer viruses

12:35 pm 28 Dec, 2012

A system without antivirus software is rare these days. An antivirus may protect your system from a virus or malware, but it doesn’t guarantee that your system cannot be infected. If you sense that your system is slowing down, programs are failing or some strange pop-ups are being generated, then your device is infected with a virus or a spyware of some sort. It is advisable to immediately seek help in such a situation. Here are few quick tips that you can try to rectify the problem yourself before you seek help.

 

10. Run the antivirus:

Because everyone nowadays has an antivirus installed on their systems, it should therefore be considered a priority. A good antivirus on the system should be used to scan all the files and programs. In most cases the antivirus (if not a free version) should be able to clear the system and detect the virus, malware or spyware that is causing problem in the system. An original Windows OS computer should use the Microsoft Security Essentials.

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9. Buy a new antivirus:

If the problem persists even after you have scanned the system with the already existing antivirus, and you still think an antivirus can handle the issue, then buy a different antivirus software program from a store and install it. This new antivirus should help, but even if the new antivirus software demands an update, you may have to resort to other methods for removing the virus because you may not be able use your system to download an update (owing to the virus). Alternatively you can also download Malwarebytes Anti Malware, an anti-malware program, which usually works in addition to your existing antivirus.

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8. Delete unnecessary files:

If you are unable to heal the system with antivirus and the problem persists, then try and delete all the temp files and other unnecessary files in the system. In most cases it is noticed the viruses hide in such files, as it’s an easy place to remain unnoticed and replicate in numbers when given a chance. Deleting these files can help remove computer viruses.

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7. Clean the startup files:

Besides the temp files, the other most prominent place where the virus often tends to hide is in the startup files. To reach the startup and clean up the files, go the ‘Start menu’ of the system and open ‘startup file’. Check for any file(s) that you don’t recognize; these could be virus, just delete them outright and then see if there is any change in the awkward things that you were noticing on the system. Deleting these files should get rid of the virus if it is hiding in these files.

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6. Turnoff system restore:

There can be a possibility that the virus has been removed by the antivirus you have on the system but it gets reinstalled every time you reboot the system. In this case, go to ‘Properties’ in ‘My Computer’ and open ‘System Restore’ option and click on ‘Turnoff System Restore’ then press ‘Ok’ and restart the system. If virus was reforming with a reboot, this should help solve the problem.

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5. Reboot in safe mode:

If the problem still persists, then while restarting the system, reboot in ‘Safe Mode’ – restart the computer and press F8, you may have to do this repeatedly until a menu pops. Select ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ from the menu. This will allow you to use the device for basic web browsing. You can therefore download the update for the antivirus software and scan the system.

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4. Use boot disk:

If none of the above tips work or you are unable to carry out any of them, fret not. You can consider asking a professional to help you. But if you want to encounter the problem yourself still, then reboot the system with the boot disk. Boot disks are provided by many antivirus software companies and can help you reboot the system to clean up the viruses and spywares from the system.

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3. Backup data:

Now, if even the boot disk doesn’t seem to work in your favor, then the virus is much graver than thought. There is no need to worry, first thing you should do now is to back up your data so that it is not corrupted by the virus and you can completely clean up the system by formatting its drives. To back up the data use another system or export all the documents to an external hard drive.

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2. Scan the backup data:

As you are aware that virus spreads from one system to another, it is a possibility that the virus from your system transfers to the device you are backing up your data in. Therefore, it is advised that you scan the external hard drive with antivirus software to ensure it contains no viruses, or only transfer data to a system which has an antivirus preinstalled so that when you import the data back into the system, it is clean and virus free.

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1. Format the system:

This is the final way to remove computer viruses. If you format your system, it will remove the virus once and for all. However, you may lose data. Once the system is empty you can begin with a complete system reinstall. If you have a Windows system then insert the Windows install CD into the CD/DVD drive slot of the system and shut down the computer. Now, restart the system with the Windows disk in it and the reinstallation process will start automatically. Once the system is formatted, you can transfer all your data back into the system if they are free from virus. Make sure you have a good antivirus installed this time.

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