How To Get Rid of a Virus on Your Computer

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Tired of experiencing slow run time on your computer? Ever been curious how you got bulky files or "used files" on your Local Disk? A "computer virus" is a program that can steal and infect files from the memory of your computer without the permission or knowledge of the owner. Most viruses are commonly divided into groups such as: "malware" or malicious software, "adware" or advertising software and "spyware" or spy/surveillance software.

If it turns out that you have a virus, you'll want to remove it from your computer:

  1. Go to "Microsoft Update" settings, then install the latest updates for your computer.
  2. If you are currently using antivirus software, you may visit the manufacturer's website, then update the software that you are using, and perform a thorough scan of your computer. If you are not using any antivirus software, try to subscribe to a service, then scan your computer immediately.
  3. Last but not least, download, install then run the antivirus software that you bought.    

If that doesn't work, there is a second set of steps that may be followed:

  1. Go and visit your virus scan software manufacturer's website, then install valuable virus updates available there to be downloaded. Try to scan using the virus scan software. Your antivirus software may not be able to delete the virus, but it might be identifiable, and may be scanned and cleaned at the same time.
  2. Search the net for information regarding specific viruses by typing the name of the virus or its associated file into the search engine followed by the word "malware", "adware", "spyware" or "virus". For example, "macoy virus", "I love you virus" etc.
  3. Download and install available patches, software or programs that may help you remove viruses. Following any instructions that may help you in finding or deleting the virus manually.
  4. Scan for the last time, then make sure that all the "malware", "adware" and "spyware" are identified and cleaned at the same time.

The work of a virus scanner is not to clean, heal or terminate any pending virus that may infect your system. Its purpose is to detect hidden "malware", "adware" and "spyware". Scanners are different from antivirus software, but if they are coordinated well, a scanner is a prerequisite for antivirus software to detect such "malware", and then clean it thoroughly.

Information gathering may also help you to avoid or remove different kinds of viruses your computer may have picked up from the Internet, from USB ports, from connectors or any electronic device that can carry an infected program. Reformatting is one of the last solutions, if you really want to eliminate viruses that corrupt every file.


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