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Alternative Virus Removal

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help, System Tune-Up Help

Alternative Virus Removal

So, tell me, has your computer ever been infected with a virus that completely took over your whole system? I mean, was it so bad that you couldn’t even get your antivirus program to open? Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty bad! So, what did you do about it? How are you supposed to fix your computer if you can’t even scan your system to see what’s wrong? Oh, what a nightmare!

Well, you could contact your computer’s manufacturer and pay big bucks to get it fixed or you could just try to fix it yourself. How, you ask? Well, keep reading and I will give you the full scoop!

Below are a few steps you can follow to take matters into your own hands and get rid of that pesky virus that has invaded your computer. This is information every computer user should know, so listen up!

1.) First, you need to disconnect your computer from the Internet (or your network if you have one). That prevents the virus from spreading to other computers and it stops the virus from sending itself through your e-mail to all of your address book contacts. You can disconnect by simply unplugging your network cable or by turning off your wireless router.

2.) Next, make sure you back up all of your important files to either a USB flash drive or an external hard drive.

3.) Now, you’ll want to check out the System Restore feature on your computer. Every now and then, you should go and set up a restore point for your computer, which will cover you if your computer ever stops working. If it does, you can simply reset your computer back to a time when it worked properly.

To set up your own restore point, go to Start, Control Panel (make sure you’re in the Classic View) and then click on the Backup and Restore Center link. Next, click the option that says “Repair Windows Using System Restore,” located on the sidebar. Then just follow the rest of the instructions. (Note: These directions are for Windows Vista, so if you’re using XP, they might be a little different).

4.) Okay, let’s go back to the virus situation. If you know where the infected file is on your computer, you can try deleting it and then emptying your Recycle Bin.

5.) Or, if you’re not sure where it is, you can try using Trend Micro’s HouseCall Antivirus Scan, found here. The virus will not be able to detect that scan, so you can give your computer a good check over.

6.) Now, as a last resort, you may want to try resetting your computer to its factory settings (the way it came when you first purchased your PC). Different computers have different ways of doing that, but as a general guide, you can use the System Restore option we talked about earlier.

Those are just a few things you can do if you’re having trouble getting a nasty virus off your computer. I’m not promising they will work for every infection, but they’re at least worth a try. I hope this one helps a lot of you!

~ Brandon Zubek

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