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How to remove a virus from your computer

Updated on October 5, 2010
If your computer looks like this, ignore my guide. You're already screwed.
If your computer looks like this, ignore my guide. You're already screwed.

Nothing will delete this virus!!!

Ever since the dawn of the internet, and even before that, viruses having been wreaking havoc on computers. They used to be passed on floppy discs, but they are sophisticated programs that attach themselves to executable files, load themselves on to your computer when you visit a website, and can even hide in an image file. There are so many ways to get a virus, but just a few effective methods for getting rid of them. These methods are always evolving as the viruses are always changing. Many viruses will first target anti-virus software, so we need to be prepared for that as well.

What are the best antivirus programs?

As it turns out, the best programs I've found for combating viruses at this time are also free for the basic versions. Malwarebytes has been around for quite some time and has become the go-to software for tech support people cleaning up the messes others make on their computers.

Microsoft, which for decades has been criticized for making software with vulnerabilities that invite viruses, has finally released a really good product to combat the problem. You can download a full version of Microsoft Security Essentials for free and it will be able to delete most viruses and malware.

Superantispyware is another great program that has recently emerged as a top virus fighter. They also make a portable version of their program so you can wipe out viruses on your netbook.

Unlike the programs listed above, which are mostly for targeting spyware and malware, Avast is a true antivirus program, and it's one of the best. You can download a free version from their website (Google it). Avast digs deeper than most programs and can be set to run on a restart before the start up programs are run, which is vital for many viruses.

How do I use these antivirus programs?

First you need to download the program (just Google it). Then you need to install it. Then you need to check for updates, which should be on the main screen when you start up the program. After the update you can start using the program to scan your computer for viruses.

Remember that you need to have regular Windows booted up to get root level access, which means antivirus programs will not always be 100% effective against viruses if you are running them from Safe Mode.

Which antivirus do you recommend?

The truth is, there are many people more knowledgeable with computers than myself. They always have a solution that involves one or two programs. I go with the brute force method. I use the 4 programs I've mentioned above. I'll run one, check the results, then run another one, check the results, and finally use the third one.

There is a lot of redundancy with this method, but you can never be too sure. Each program does things a little differently which allows them to catch things that the others don't.Superantispyware, for instance, changes the filename on the executable that you use each time it's downloaded from the website. Why is this important? Well, viruses will often target a certain antivirus program's filename and modify it to make it unable to detect the virus. By changing that filename, the virus can never find the antivirus program it's trying to modify.

What virus does your computer have?

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    Malwarebytes is constantly finding malware that other software doesn't catch. I'm pretty sure it's standard equipment for just about everyone in the personal PC repair/clean-up business. I use Microsoft Security Essentials 24/7 because it has an unbelievably small footprint (and it's very effective), and then use Malwarebytes on a regular schedule or when I suspect a problem. Those two can take care of the vast majority of problems.

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    charlemont 7 years ago from Lithuania

    wicklesscandles, unlike whole lot of little-known anti-spyware programs (SpywareBot, No Adware, SpyNoMore, to name just a few) many of which are misleading, Malwarebyte's really is a software to admire. No antivirus protection can't be improved with Malwarebyte's silently working in the background. I'm absolutely positive about it.

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    wicklesscandles 7 years ago

    I have been using Malwarebytes and have had good luck with it. I have also been using Kaspersky which seems to be helping alot.