How do I Clean and Remove a Computer Virus?

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A computer virus can bring your PC to it’s knees and we here at Smart Computing understand that many people prefer to do what they can first; and only after that pay an I.T. consultant to fix your computer.  So to help you save money on computer repair, we have written the following guide.  While our primary onsite computer service markets are Appleton and Milwaukee, WI; this guide is for anyone and everyone.  Please share it with anyone you think may find it helpful.  Copy and paste this link: http://blog.smartcomputing.us/clean-remove-computer-virus/

If you don’t have the software we recommend, click the heading for that software and you will be taken to the page to download it.

AVG Anti-Virus
1. Update AVG Anti-Virus:
– Click “Update Now” located in the menu on the left-hand side.  If there are updates available let them download/install. Once updates are completed make sure to click “Update Now” once again to make sure everything was downloaded properly; if so, a message stating “You are currently up-to-date.” will appear.

2. Scan for Infections:
– After updates are completed click “Scan Now” located in the menu on the left-hand side. This can take up to an hour depending upon how much information is on your computer.
– Once the scan is completed, AVG will list any infections found (if none are found it will state “No infections were found”)

3. If infections were detected, simply follow AVG’s on-screen prompts to clean your computer.

Malwarebytes
1. Update Malwarebytes:

– Click the “Update” tab in the top menu, then click the “Check for Updates” button
– When completed, a message will appear stating “The database was successfully updated”
Note: If Malwarebytes is already up-to-date a message will appear, “You have the latest database version”.

2. Scan for Infections:
– After updates are completed, click the “Scanner” tab in the top menu, select “Perform Quick Scan”, then click the “Scan” button – Once the scan is completed a list of infections found will be listed ( It will state if 0 were found ).

3. If infections were detected, simply follow Malwarebytes’ on-screen prompts to clean your computer.

Spybot Search & Destroy
1. Update Spybot
– Click the “Search for Updates” button – A smaller window will appear titled “Spybot-S&D Updater”. Here you will see a list of locations to download the updates from. Select a location that says (USA) to the right of it to ensure the fastest connection – to select just click on the name and it will become highlighted in blue.
– Once your selection is highlighted, click the “Continue” button.
– The screen will now show a list of updates available with check boxes to the left of them. These will already be checked marked by default, this can be left alone.
– Next click “Download”. When the updates are completed a Green check mark will appear next to each of them.
– Click “Exit” and the Spybot-S&D Updater” window will close and you will return back to the original screen.

2. Scan for Infections:
– After updates are completed, click the “Check for Problems” button. A blue progress bar will appear at the bottom of the Spybot screen to show you a visual of how much time is left – When the scan is completed any infections found will be listed with check boxes
to the left of them * Note: If no infections were found, a message will inform you that your system is clean.

3. Fix Problems:
– To fix the infections found, make sure all check boxes are check-marked.
– Once all infections are selected, click “Fix Selection Problems” near the top of
the screen.

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