Tips on Fixing PC after a Virus Attack

Here you are glued to your computer screen checking your email, working on a research paper or watching a DVD, when it hits. Something weird happens on your computer. You get a pop-up message telling you that your computer is infected, or perhaps 157 new browser windows open. Your computer has a virus. While you certainly should not panic, it is good to know how to fix viruses.

Before we proceed, it’s very important we provide a background information

A computer virus is a computer program that can replicate itself and spread from one computer to another. The term “virus” is also commonly, but erroneously used, to refer to other types of malware, including but not limited to adware and spyware programs that do not have a reproductive ability.

The term “computer virus” is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware, even those that do not have the ability to replicate themselves. Malware includes computer viruses, computer worms, Trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware and other malicious or unwanted software, including true viruses.

Following tips for computer virus repair improves your chances of getting rid of it immediately.

  1. Open Internet Explorer. Choose Tools>Internet Options>General tab>Delete button in the Browsing section. Thereafter, Delete Files, Cookies, History, Forms. This will remove all of the temporary Internet files that can contain viruses.
  2. Right click on My Computer and click on Properties.
  3. Click on System Restore and choose Turn off System Restore. Then click on Apply and then OK. Turning off  System Restore will prevent the virus from reinstalling when you restart your computer.
  4. Click the Start button and then click Run. (or simply press the windows key plus R together)
  5. Type “winmsd\” (remember without the quotes) into the Open box and click OK.
  6. Expand Software Environment by clicking the plus sign beside it.
  7. Click on Startup Programs.
  8. Check the programs in your Startup Programs against a list of familiar software and malware or viruses. If you find any viruses in your Startup Programs, run an computer virus scan such as Avast or Avira. (You can get a free copy of Avira or Avast which would provide you with a year license for FREE)
  • Also please ensure you don’t have more than ONE anti-virus on your PC. You might experience a sluggish response from your PC.
  • Also ensure you UPDATE you anti-virus REGULARLY. Regular update provides you with the latest file record of new virus. you can view an example of a virus map on Trend
  • Finally, you can also beef up the security with a copy of Malwarebytes

Ciao!

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