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How To Remove A Computer Virus

Virus removal can be a very time-consuming and tedious task. When attempting computer virus removal, the inexperienced  may cause further damage to their system by removing critical system files or registry entries. If you want to try this yourself, proceed with caution and at your own risk. Make sure to always have your antivirus up to date to prevent getting a virus in the first place. Your antivirus software can sometimes remove infections but you should really rely on it as a preventative measure. In the unfortunate event that you do happen to get a virus there are many tools to help aid in the removal of viruses.

Safe mode

Booting to safe mode will sometimes keep the PC virus from activating so you can work to remove them uninhibited. Booting to safe mode is different depending on the operating system. During start-up, before the Windows logo appears, you can try pressing F8. If that worked you should be able to choose Boot to Safe Mode With Networking from the options that are displayed. If that doesn’t work, do some research to find out the proper way to access the advanced boot option on your operating system.

Online Scanners

Online scanners are a helpful tool when you can find one that isn’t a scam. Use one from a trusted antivirus company because some of these fake online scanners can actually further infect your system with unwanted ad-ware. Norton and Bit Defender are examples of good online scanners. When in safe mode with networking you should be able to run online scans.

Windows Defender

Let’s start with this is not an antivirus unless you are running Windows 8. AVG, Kaspersky, and Microsoft Security Essentials are antivirus created to keep your system from becoming virus infected. Windows Defender is a anti-spyware software developed to aid in the prevention of malware.

System Restore

A System Restore can help by restoring your computer to a previously saved point in time when your computer was not already infected. This does work sometimes but on many occasions the virus either re-downloads itself or  remains unaffected by the change.

OS Re-install

This is the system cure-all but there is a very probable chance that if you do a re-install you will lose everything on the computer. With some viruses , such as rootkits, can survive a re-install. A professional has a higher chance of saving the files precious to you while still removing the virus.

If you get a virus and don’t want to deal with it yourself, call IQ Computer Services to get it taken care of with expert precision.

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