Tips on How to Get Rid of a Computer Virus

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Computer viruses can strike at any time. When my computer was attacked I thought that I would lose all of my files. Thankfully this didn’t happen because I followed some great tips I found online.  If you suspect that your computer has been attacked by any kind of virus here is some useful advice I followed which worked for me.

Simple Tips on Detecting and Removing Viruses

The first thing to do is try not to panic; the second is to follow this advice:

  • End all processes you are working on by using the control, alt and delete button.  Hold them all down at the same time to open the task manager. Once task manager opens click on the processes tab and end all processes.
  • Check to see if your antivirus program is up to date.  These programs have to be updated constantly to help fight off new types of viruses. You will need to have the latest version installed to ensure you are fully protected. If you don’t update a new virus could easily take hold or be missed in the scan.
  • If you don’t have any antivirus program installed you will need to get one. You can find some excellent programs which will stay updated and run constantly on your PC. This will protect you from further attacks and could help to locate the one which has infected your machine.
  • Run your antivirus program.  The program needs to search your whole PC so allow it to check all hard drives and files. Make sure you are not carrying out a quick scan; it has to be full especially if you suspect your computer is already infected. Leave it to run without attempting to perform any other tasks on your PC.
  • Once your antivirus has completed the scan you should be shown everything that has been considered to be a threat.  You will probably find a lot of malware in there which should be deleted. If any viruses have been detected these will also be listed and will require deleting too.
Computer Virus - Trojan
Manually Looking for Files that are Infected

If you know the name of the virus which is infecting your computer you could try and manually find the files which are affected.  You can do this by clicking the search programs and files box in the start menu.  Type in the name of the infection and you may be lucky enough to find the associated files which you can then delete. Most sophisticated viruses will not have the name of the virus in the file name through so you cannot only rely on this method.

Protect Your Data

Once you have managed to clear all of the viruses you may wish to perform a backup if you haven’t done one in a while. I backup my files once a week onto a disk but you could choose to do it on an external hard drive, on cloud storage or on a pen drive if you have one big enough to hold all your files. Cloud storage can be rented quite cheaply and lots of companies give away a certain amount of GB for free. Don’t put anything ultra-sensitive in cloud storage if you are concerned about security.

With any luck you will be able to remove the virus if it is not particularly harmful. A final option is to consider performing a system restore to a pint before you downloaded the infected program.  If you backup your data and keep scanning your PC you should be able to stay protected with very little effort.

Don’t risk losing your files or damaging your personal computer with nasty virus attacks. For instant protection go and use the McAfee download found online.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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