When your PC is infected with a foreign body, it would show up the following signs and symptoms
- When the computer runs slow
- Annoying pop-ups which are hard to get rid off
- Constant sound of the hard drive
- Blue Screen death
If you find any of the above mentioned symptoms – deploy the following actions
Enter safe mode: Turn off the computer and switched on again. Then press F8 button continuously which displays Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking and click Enter. While doing this, ensure that your PC is disconnected from the Internet.
Delete Temporary Files: As you enter into the Safe Mode, ensure to delete all the temporary files to accelerate process of virus scanning that would help to get rid off viruses
- Go to the Start menu
- System Tools
- Disk Cleanup
- Choose Temporary Files and delete it
Download a Virus Scanner
There are two different kinds of scanners that can identify and remove viruses and any other malware
Real-Time Scanner – This type of scanner scans the system while you are still working on the computer.
On-Demand Scanner – The system scan is processed manually only when there is a need.
Run a Virus Scan
An on-demand scanner has to be implemented first with which you can perform the manual scan and following that the real-time scanning should be done to ensure effective scanning. This is to ensure complete scanning process, if one scanning process miss out in identifying the malware the other one would definitely identify it.
Recover or reinstall any corrupted software or files
Once the scan has identified and deleted the viruses, there is a need to recover the corrupted files. Users can reinstall the programs that was corrupted by the viruses. It is always recommended to backup files so that there is an option to retrieve the files in times of crisis.
Improve your defences
Update your protection software: It is not just enough to install with the antivirus software but it is also important to update your protection software regularly. This is because the software vendors release new patches with bug fixes or any other security update.
Implement pro-active measures
- Installation of the latest software
- Keeping the software up-to-date with latest patch fixes
- Backing up of Data on a regular basis
- Never click on the pop-up messages
- Beware of opening suspicious emails from email addresses that you find suspicious.
How do I detect a virus?
Anti-spyware and antivirus software are used to identify and eliminate viruses and other suspicious files from the computer. It becomes more efficient when both anti-spyware and anti-virus program are incorporated together.
Choose the right antivirus software and install on your system. Ensure to run Antivirus software in the background and set it to automatically update at regular intervals to get the best possible protection against viruses.
If you are a Windows user, it is critical to install anti-spyware software along with antivirus program and firewall. Also ensure to run an antivirus scan once in a week or at any given regular interval to ensure high levels of protection
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