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How To Remove Viruses From Your Computer

Mar 30, 2008
At this moment someone is hard at work inventing a virus to destroy your computer.

Eugene Kaspersky, whose company, Kaspersky Lab Virus Research, works to fight virus proliferation says, "The number of new viruses and Trojans is now increasing every day by a few hundred. Our virus lab receives between 200 and 300 new samples a day."

Like biological viruses that infect human beings, computer viruses can vary from mild to severe.

The approach to dealing with this malware, an abbreviation for "malicious software" is to prepare well in advance. You do not want to become aware of the problem after you have lost most of your files.

Prevention And Data Recovery Preparation

Here are some essential tips for you to follow to prevent an attack or quickly recover your data if you detect an attack:

1. Prepare in advance by doing daily back up of your files for easy recovery.

2. Use two hard drives. Use a 10 Gb hard-drive for your C: drive. Use a bigger hard-drive for all your other data.

3. Keep all receipts, registration, and activation codes and other information on a CD. You may need these to contact the seller in an emergency to prove that you already bought their product.

4. Scan your C:drive daily. This is where most virus infections are found. Since this is a small drive, this process will go relatively quickly.

5. Scan your larger drive once every two weeks.

6. You can use CD and DVD burners or removable hard drives for your back-ups.

7. Use a high-quality anti-virus program for prevention and detection.

Identification, Research, And Downloading The Antidote

While these 7 steps will help keep your computer safe and help you recover if your computer is attacked by a virus, what do you do if a virus has broken past your defenses? How do you remove virus from your computer after detection? If the virus is spyware or adware, you can use anti-spyware and anti-adware from NoAdware program to detect and quarantine them. Also Spywaremover has an excellent reputation.

The best way to get excellent programs for removing spyware, adware, and other malicious software, is to get the information from an authority website.

If you want to remove a virus, you have to find out what type of virus it is first, then you have to do some internet research on forums or other places where you can get unbiased information about the best authority sites.

For example, suppose you detected a Trojan virus. You would then go to an anti-virus authority site like Majorgeek.com and download "Trojan Remover."

Here is a description from their website of this particular example of how to remove virus from your computer:

"Trojan Remover was written to aid in the removal of Trojan Horses from a computer where standard anti-virus software has either failed to detect the Trojan Horse or is unable to effectively eliminate it. In no way should it be considered as an alternative to regularly using good anti-virus software to protect your computer."

Once the description matches your virus, download it and use it.

In summary, here are three steps to take to remove virus from your computer.

1. Prevent it from happening in the first place and make sure that you back up your data and important information in case it does happen.

2. Constantly monitor your computer for an invasion. Don't wait to detect it after you have lost your data.

3. Identify the name of the virus, then do an Internet search for the remedy from an authority site that deals with virus removal and download their latest program.
About the Author
Manfred Grundhoefer has studied the best ways to keep computers in optimum health for the past 2 years. For more information on how to keep your computer safe from virus attack, you can visit his blog here Remove harmful adware, spyware, trojans, dialers & worms
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