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How to Remove a Virus With Software Recommendations
In this tech article I will go over methods to protect and remove viruses from your computer. Viruses can cripple a computer and steal your personal information. You should protect your computer at all times and learn what and what not to do on the internet.
Free Virus Protection Tools
The following programs are free and highly recommended.
Spybot Search and Destroy - This tool will scan and clean your computer from spyware. It will also run actively in the background to protect against infection.
MalwareBytes - You can use MalwareBytes to remove all forms of viruses from your computer but it cost extra to have the real time protection. Nonetheless, a very good tool and free to use.
AVG Anti-Virus - The basic software is free and provides protection against viruses and spyware. It also has link scanning which can come in handy.
It is important to keep these software utilities up to date with the latest virus definitions needed to protect and clean your computer.
-If by some chance you are already infected or the programs happen to let your computer get infected(not likely) then you need to take certain steps in order to completely remove the virus. If you have System Restore active in Microsoft Windows, you can restore the computer to a state before the infection. Afterwards, do complete scans of the computer using the programs above.
-Malware will stop anti virus programs from running, and other basic computer functions needed to remove viruses like Task Manager and System Restore. If you are at a point of infection where you can't use any of your basic computer functions. You will need to boot the computer into Safe Mode without Networking(no internet). Once you boot into safe mode, run system restore or your virus removal programs.
-You can boot into safe mode by continually pressing F8 as the computer is booting up. Then choose the Safe Mode option.
-Be careful when using Facebook. There is a new trick going around to spread nasty viruses. Basically, the facebook app pretends to show you who your top friends are. There are no programs that can do this so if you see anything like this come your way, do not click it. Also, do not login to any facebook login except at the main facebook site. If you click on a link in facebook it may take you to a fake login page so be wary.
-Be careful when clicking attachments in emails. Only open attachments from people you trust. Be sure to scan the attachments before you actually run/open them on your computer.
-Be careful when downloading programs from websites you are not familiar with.
-Make sure to keep Microsoft Windows up to date. New viruses and exploits are created monthly and Windows updates is a first line of defense.
With these tools and tips, you should now be better protected against virus infection. I hope this article was informative. Be sure to check out my other tech articles by clicking on my profile name and then click Tips inside of my profile.
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