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How To Stop A Computer Virus on Windows With Free Tools
While the thought of a virus infecting your computer can be scary, in many cases, it can be fixed by following a few simple steps and using tools freely available on the Internet. Here's my recommendation for how to stop a virus that has infected your computer.
Download AdwCleaner from Malwarebytes and RKill from BleepingComputer. Ensure the latest Windows Updates are installed and reboot your PC into Safe Mode. Run Rkill followed by AdwCleaner. Restart Windows normally and finish by doing a Full Computer Scan using Windows Defender.
Let’s go through it step by step. Nine out of ten occasions, this will solve your PC's problems. I’ll also recommend some preventative measures to protect your computer from further infection.
Before we start, a quick explanation of the tools I recommend and why I recommend them.
Modern viruses and malware are designed to prevent antivirus applications from detecting them. They do this by hiding in common files, processes and by making changes in Windows’ registry. RKill is a simple tool that stops malware processes from running and restores Windows registry entries that have been altered by malware. To quote RKill's Wiki:
It was created so that we could have an easy to use tool that kills known processes and remove Windows Registry entries that stop a user from using their normal security applications. Simple as that. Nothing fancy. Just kill known malware processes and clean up some Registry keys so that your security programs can do their job.
By itself, RKill isn’t going to clean up your computer. It simply lays the foundations to give antivirus applications the best chance at identifying and removing viruses.
AdwCleaner is a free application from Malwarebytes that detects and removes nasty adware, spyware, and all PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). It does what it says on the tin and does it very well.
In my opinion Microsoft have put a lot of effort into Windows Defender, their antivirus software. Now packaged up into Windows Security, Defender is the tool we’ll use to identify and remove anything that wasn't caught by AdwCleaner. For many years Windows was plagued by viruses, which led to comparisons with MacOS; incorrectly touted as infallible to viruses. The result was Microsoft built a very solid antivirus solution.
Step By Step Guide
Install the latest Windows Updates.
Download RKill and AdwCleaner.
Restart your computer in Safe Mode.
Restart Windows and open Windows Defender.
Run a Full System Scan.
Windows will now remove anything suspicious it finds on your PC and that concludes the tasks. This process will remove most viruses and malware from your PC. To safeguard against further infections, here's a list of preventative measures I recommend following.
Prevent Viruses By Following These Rules
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