Computer viruses can damage your files and slow the overall speed at which your system operates. Spectrum recommends taking the following steps to repair and protect your computer from future infection.
Scan your Computer for VirusesAntivirus software is used to remove malicious programs from your computer and prevent future infection. If you have antivirus software installed on your computer, download the latest virus definitions and security patches, then run a virus scan. If you don't have antivirus software installed or it's expired, an online virus scanner can be used to clean your computer.
Spectrum offers an AntiBot Scanner as part of its Security Suite, and Microsoft offers a Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Manual Virus Removal
Manual virus removal may be required if the methods above were unsuccessful. If you know the name of the virus infecting your computer, perform an online search with the key word "removal" in front of the virus name. Use caution when browsing links and only take advice from reputable sites.
Reformat the Hard Drive
Reformatting your hard drive will delete all of your personal files and should be used as a last resort to remove viruses from your computer. Make sure to backup all important files prior to reformatting your hard drive. Refer to your operating system manufacturer for more information.
Managing Windows System Restore
Microsoft Windows System Restore allows users to restore their computer to a point in time before an issue began. System Restore should be turned off to clear your hard drive of previous memory points and ensure a virus doesn't re-infect your computer. However, once your computer is virus free, System Restore should be turned back on. Learn more.
Maintaining a Healthy Computer
The following information will help protect your computer from viruses and other malicious programs: