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How To Remove A Virus Easily?


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Would you like to learn how to remove a virus easily from your computer? Most users have no idea what to do when their PCs get infected, which can become a big problem because viruses and other forms of malware have the capability to destroy important files when not treated early.

After my personal laptop got infected by Trojan viruses, I managed to finally get rid of all of them with a spyware and virus removal software. They have the capability to detect any malicious file and quarantine them (so that they cannot damage the computer files anymore) for removal or repair afterwards. Most of the time, you will attempt to repair or delete the infected files.

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Here is a (very) rough guide:


1) Identify the file running the virus.

-Use either windows explorer or process explorer and look for processes you don't recognize, or ones with high CPU or memory usage

-use a variety of virus scanners


2) Prevent the infected file from running

-5 years ago this *was* the way to stop a virus. Once you knew the name of the infected file you could usually find it in the Windows start menu->programs->startup, the registry's hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run or \runonce, or in msconfig's services or startup tabs.

-These days we see a lot of virus' that hook into critical windows components like login, explorer, windows dll's, and parts of IE. These can't be stopped or prevented from running without also making windows unusable. For these cases you need to...


3) Identify the virus, it's impact, and how to remove it

-submit the file to VirusTotal, or scanning it with various virus scanners to find out what it's commonly called

-Google the virus's name, search for it on reputable AV sites (Immunet.com/Symantec/Mcaffee/Kaspersky/fprot/etc...)

-find removal instructions and/or removal tools (be sure you're removal tools aren't rouge AV! This is *very* common).

-check for other computers on your network that may have also become infected


4) Remove the virus

-Use the instructions/tools you found in #3

-If all else fails, backup what you can and reformat & re-install Windows. Most tech shops you take your computer to with skip steps 1-4 and start here.


5) Monitor your PC for strange behavior

-beware, some virus's (i.e. rootkits) can survive a windows even a windows re-install, so it's a good idea to monitor your computer for strange behavior for a week or two before you start online banking or making online purchases.

-make sure your AV is up to date.


Good luck!

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