How To Remove a Virus (Free)

Viruses are a pain in the butt when it sneaks onto your computer. In this article, I will explain how to remove a virus as well as prevent getting a virus.

One very common way of getting a virus is accepting an unauthorized prompt without understanding what it is saying. Sometimes random popups will come up asking for your permission to continue. Make sure you understand what it is asking you and make sure that you trust the author.

Download updates. Downloading software updates for Windows or other OS’s when asked is very important because many of them are security updates that can be very beneficial. A lot of people I know just ignore these updates because they do not know what they contain.

Downloading free software that is meant to be paid for can be very dangerous. Viruses are very commonly distributed this way. This also includes pirated downloads, and also torrents. Torrent downloading should be handled with care if you were ever to do so.

Opening e-mail attachments is another common way of getting infected. I suggest getting an email that comes from a email host with good spam guard and security. An example of one would be hotmail, as they have a great spam guard and security measures.

Removing a virus starts with your virus protection/remover. The absolute BEST free virus remover would have to be Malware Bytes Anti Malware. It can literally handle and delete any virus. First, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware safely from here http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol;1 . Make sure you have the latest version of this software. All you have to do is do a quick scan. Usually takes between 10 – 30 minutes depending on how many files/registry items you have. After you have done the quick scan, it should show the list of virus’s that your computer is infected with. Click “Remove All” and you’re done! Yes, it’s that easy.  Now, if you can’t even access your computer, go on your computer with safe mode. Or Safe Mode with networking if you haven’t downloaded the software yet. If the virus isn’t deleted after this, repeat the process.


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