There’s no denying that the World Wide Web is a useful resource. Millions of us go online every day to buy stuff or learn new things. We even use the Web to communicate with other people through social media.
The only downside of going online is the inherent risk of malware and viruses. There is a small community of hackers online dedicated to stealing personal data. There are even criminal gangs that attempt to extort money from unsuspecting web users.
As you can imagine, this is a big problem for anyone that uses their computer to go online. Windows is the operating system with the biggest market share. Because of that fact, it gets affected the most by malware and viruses.
If you’ve got a virus that’s bugging you and making your machine miserable, help is at hand! Keep reading to learn how to remove it:
Reboot your PC into Safe Mode
The first thing you must do is reboot your computer into Safe Mode. Why is this important? The answer is simple. Safe Mode boots up the Windows OS with only essential device drivers loaded. It also doesn’t load up any software you installed on your system.
Safe Mode is a useful way to take control of your computer when it has a virus or malware. Especially if the infection “takes over” your system and doesn’t allow you to do anything on it.
To get into Safe Mode, you need to press the F8 key once your PC has rebooted. You will then have a list of boot options, one of which is Safe Mode. Select that using your down arrow key and press the Enter key. Check out http://www.howtogeek.com for further help.
Delete all temporary files
Once you’ve successfully rebooted into Safe Mode, you need to start the cleanup operation. The first step is to delete any and all temporary files on your system. The areas to target include your Recycle Bin and temporary Internet files.
You might not know it. But, malware and viruses often “load” from those locations on your PC. By deleting all temporary files, you can remove most infections.
Install a malware removal tool
Next, you need to check your system for other malware and viruses lurking beneath the surface. It’s a time-consuming process, and so it makes sense to use a malware removal tool. Its job is to automate the process and remove infections for you.
The most popular tool for the job is Spyhunter 4. You can read more about it at http://www.wehatemalware.com/how-safe-is-spyhunter-4/. Another tool you can use is Malwarebytes.
Install some Internet security software
Once you’ve run the tool and removed the infections, reboot as normal into Windows. When you are sure the malware or virus is gone, I recommend installing some security software. There are scores of titles on the market that you could use. Examples include Norton Security and McAfee Total Protection.
The advantage of doing that is the software will block any future malware or virus infections.