Personal computers (PCs) help us to accomplish a number of activities in our professional and leisure lives. They help us to calculate figures, learn about and find information, make illustrations, as well as schedule the activities that we are engaged in on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, computers can be infected with destructive pieces of software known as viruses. These are small yet problematic programs that are developed with the sole purpose of destroying, modifying or stealing information from your computer. Viruses can cause mild problems such as slowing down of the computer, or extreme problems such as complete breakdown of the computer.
As a result, it is important for every Windows PC owner to know how to get rid of these destructive viruses. There are various ways through which you can remove viruses from your computer. Below we delve into a few ways to remove viruses form your Windows PC. Using these virus removal steps can help you avoid the expense of hiring remote virus removal services, like that of Nerds on Call.
If you are having serious problems working with your computer for example hanging, it is possibly as a result of virus infection. The first step is to disconnect it completely from the internet. This is done by switching off your Wi-Fi connection and unplugging any internet cables that you may have connected to your computer. After doing this, you should boot up your computer into the Safe Mode.
This is a mode of operating your computer where it is only running the basic necessary programs required to do light tasks. If you are running the Windows 7, Vista or XP versions of Windows operating system, you can achieve this by first shutting it down.
After that, turn it on and as soon as you see activity on the screen, repeatedly press the F8 key. This will bring up a menu featuring Advanced Boot Options. On these options, use the up and down arrow keys to select the one that says Safe Mode with Networking. After selecting this option, press Enter.
If you are using a computer that is running Windows 8 operating system, the process is a little different. You should first of all restart the computer. When you arrive at the Windows 8 Login screen, you should select restart and then press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. After doing this, you will see a Windows screen that has options to start the computer in Safe Mode. Select this option and wait for it to start up.
After starting up your computer in Safe Mode, you can then delete all temporary files that are stored in your computer. This will help because some viruses are stored in the temporary files folders. You can press the Start button, navigate to All Programs then Accessories to System Tools and then Disk Cleanup. At this stage, choose to delete the temporary files.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a virus scanning software that you can install to find and eradicate malware and spyware, as well as most common computer viruses. It is free to download and install. You can navigate to their website and then download the software.
After this, switch off your internet connection and install the software. After installation, start up the software and click on the button that says 'Perform quick scan'. This will get rid of computer viruses on your windows PC.