Error opening template: advertisement/zones/468x60_generic.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/728x90_leaderboard.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/728x90_bottom_ad.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/300x250_right_ros_up.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/300x250_right_ros_down.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/160x600_left_nav.tplError opening template: advertisement/zones/160x600_right_nav.tpl I Have a Virus - Now What? How to Remove a Computer Virus

"I Have a Virus - Now What?"
How to Remove a Computer Virus

Your computer is acting strangely, and you suspect you may be dealing with a virus. You know this could be damaging for your data, and for the system as a whole. You want to act quickly to eliminate the issue, but you're not sure where to begin. Start with a good anti-virus program and remember:

 

  •  
    1. Stay Calm - Don't Overreact
      In many cases, a computer users overreaction to a virus can lead to damage that far exceeds what the virus would have done if left to its own devices. In other words, don't panic. A virus is - generally speaking - quite simple to isolate and remove. It's usually not necessary to reformat the entire computer; a drastic step many are tempted to pursue. Not only is this time consuming, you are also putting your non-infected data at risk of being lost.

       

    2. Locate and Isolate the Virus
      Unless you are knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish viruses from other types of hardware or software problems, an antivirus software scanner should have detected the virus for you. Once it has done so, be sure to write down the exact name of the virus, as different viruses have different removal methods.

      If your scanner detects either a "Bloodhound" or "Eicar" virus, you can safely delete these, as they are actually not computer viruses. Instead they are files installed by your antivirus software to ensure it's functioning properly.

       

    3. Remove the Virus
      If possible, viruses should be deleted upon detection - particularly if they are attached to an executable (.exe) file. If the file is one you need and do not have backed up, it is possible to disinfect the file, although this does not always work and could negatively affect your computer.

       

    4. Double-Check Your Work Is Done
      It's not enough to simply assume you have eliminated the virus. Instead, it's necessary to have your antivirus software rescan your computer. In fact, it is recommended you have two (up-to-date) antivirus programs run scans on your computer, as they are known at times to find viruses the other one doesn't.

Of course, the best and most reliable method of ensuring your computer is rid of viruses is taking preventative measures - most important of which is always practicing safe computing.

 

(0 Comments)
Log in or sign up to comment.

Post a comment

Log in or sign up to comment.

With the advent of wireless Internet, more and more computer users are entering the world of cyber space.

Yet, while these users are well aware of the importance of the protection of their computer when hooked up to regular internet providers, they are often oblivious to the fact that the same cyber dangers, and in fact even more, exist in the world of WiFi.

What you may not know is that same Internet connection that makes it possible to check your email from the comfort of your bed also makes it easier for hackers to access your personal information.

It is for this reason, the sharing of the wireless Internet connection, that protecting your computer when wireless is even more important than ever before.