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How to Remove Virus from a Computer

Updated on January 1, 2014
A symbol showing how dangerous a computer virus is.
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Computer Virus attack is ubiquitous. No one is spared even including the manufacturer of the Computer and perhaps the Virus designer. The hope is not lost if after all the “precautionary steps”(perhaps with some lapses) the hackers still succeed. How to remove Virus from a Computer should not be an uphill task after this discourse.

It is also possible that reliable anti-virus software was never installed in the Computer. Whatever the case may be, computer virus can be removed if the steps discussed below are judiciously followed.The intent of Virus designers is malicious, so immediate action is usually advocated as Virus has the tendency to replicate very fast, this is one of their major characteristics.

It is pertinent to state that, it depends on the part of the Computer System affected; computer virus removal can assume different dimensions. The virus that infects an Operating System, the RAM or Memory of a Computer is more difficult to remove than those that infect applications and documents files.

It is necessary to do a back up for all files and documents in the computer right from the first day of uploading or installation. This will forestall a situation when a file or document is completely lost as a result of Virus infection.

Virus designers intent is to spy on you


Steps required to remove Virus from a Comuter

Virus removal from a Computer can be done online or manually. Most of the anti-virus vendors have provision for online scanning and removal of virus from a Computer System. If it has to be done online the System must be connected to the internet and a link to any of the anti-virus vendors such as Norton anti-virus, Kaspersky etc. It depends on the type of anti-virus software installed.

1. Diagnose parts of the Computer infected:The first step in the entire process whether online or manual is to diagnose the part of the System infected. Every Computer user should be conversant with Symptoms of Computer Virus attack. Once these Symptoms are obvious, a diagnostic process should be instituted to determine the type of Virus and the part of the Computer infected.

This process involved a total scan of the Computer System. The scan result will show the type of virus and files infected. Some types of Virus can be deleted via the anti-virus in the process, why some will require you to delete the entire file of program infected in order to safe guard the entire PC.

2.Start the Computer in a Safe mode:It is advisable to start the Computer in a safe mode to commence this process of Virus removal and do a back up for all files and documents in the system right from the first day of uploading or installation. This will forestall a situation when a file or document is completely lost as a result of Virus infection.

3. Scan the Computer if it fail to power on: A Computer may failed to power on as a result of virus attack. Scanning the Computer is still possible if it is not a Hardware fault. The system should be connected to another Computer with a reliable anti-virus via a USB cable and then scan the Computer. If it is a Virus attack it will be indicated. All reflections of viruses should be treated as soon as discovered.

4. Format the Computer: If the need be the Computer can be formatted if every other steps failed. The Operating system can get stalk on welcome screen in the process of booting the computer. It is advisable that a professional be employed to do the formatting because of the installations of the various drivers which can sometimes be very technical if you are not so inclined.

It is worthwhile to state that the best precaution is to install a reliable virus protection Software on the Computer System right from the day one of purchase or before use.


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