Are you worried or suspicious that your PC has been infected with a Virus? Your PC is all of a sudden hanging a lot and behaving unusually? But are you not really sure how to verify if this thing called Virus is on your computer in the first place? Or have you just been advised to re-install the entire Operating System and lose all your precious data? Don’t worry anymore, you are reading the right article now, we’ll tell you how to rid of the virus on your computer for free without losing any data.
But before we begin, let’s first understand what is a Virus actually. A computer virus is pretty much like a virus that attacks us, we animals, the microorganism virus. As the real world virus does, computer virus spreads too. In a technical way, but I’ll still try to put it in layman’s terms, a computer virus is a code that is written to alter the way a computer works, in most cases it is malicious.
In almost every case a virus comes in disguise, it ships itself along with some other proper program or a file. In most cases, the virus exploits, destroys, steals, etc our data. It can steal your passwords, personal data, your bank details, and more, hell! in today’s age we are all more digital beings than physical beings.
How can the virus enter your computer? Well, it often spreads via scam e-mails, piracy of almost anything, downloading programs or files from unknown sources, etc. There are multiple forms of viruses like trojan, ransomware, worm, etc, everything we mentioned might not be a virus technically, they are all just malware, with similar intentions.
Basically, it is something that mustn’t exist in our computers. It can be challenging to eliminate it from our computers, but we’ll try to simplify the process for you. As we do every time, we’ll mention a few possible fixes.
Tip 1 Windows Defender:
As most of us agree that home-cooked food is the best, nothing tastes better than food cooked by mothers with love. In the same way, in most cases, you are good enough with the default anti-virus/anti-malware program Windows Defender which comes pre-installed with Windows.
You can use windows defender to identify any virus and remove it from your computer. To do so
- Open Settings.
- Select Privacy & Security.
- Select Windows Security.
- Select Virus & Threat Protection.
- Run Quick Scan.
Performing a scan will check your entire PC for any viruses and other threats. Once the scan is completed it will show you the results and suggests what steps to take further. It is also advisable that you keep Real-Time Protection enabled all the time.
Tip 2 Using Task Manager to identify viruses:
Task Manager is the default system monitoring program that is bundled with windows. Task Manager provides us the information on what all tasks are running, be it actively running programs or background processes. Task Manager also shows what all resources are being used in real-time and how much of it as well.
In order to identify viruses by using the task manager, we suggest using your computer the same way as you do every day normally. Later open the task manager, to do so press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or right-click on the taskbar or windows icon and select task manager. Once the task manager window pops up, select the processes section and examine all the processes running, if you find any unwanted, suspicious process is running and taking up a chunk of your resources then it’s most probably a virus, remove it from your PC once verified.
Tip 3 Malware Bytes:
Malware bytes is a very famous and trusted anti-malware program. It is available on multiple platforms. It can find almost every virus on your computer and remove it. To do so, you will first need to install malware bytes on your computer. Malware bytes offers both free and paid services, we suggest going with the free version first, you can always upgrade later. Here’s the link, thank us later, https://www.malwarebytes.com/for-home.
Once you have downloaded the program, install it and run it as administrator. Then simply run a scan, now sit back and let it do what it is known for. Once the scan is done it will show you the results and take further actions as it suggests. Malware Bytes is great as you can not only do a quick scan but also scan deeper with registry items scan, rootkits scan, PUPs scan, PUMs scan, etc. It is a great tool to have and is fully recommended by us.
Tip 4 Tron Script:
Tron Script is an open-source program that is written to remove unwanted programs, add-ons, registry entries, browser extensions, etc from your PC. It is known for being one of the best virus removal tools out there. You can get the latest version of the Tron script from their official GitHub, we’ll save you some time, here’s the link https://github.com/bmrf/tron.
Once you are done downloading, run the script, the rest will be taken care of by Tron. Tron will not only eliminate malware but also removes all kinds of bloatware from your Windows PC, trust me Windows comes with a lot of bloatware. If you want to know more about the Tron Script, then please feel free to check out my colleague’s article on it, here’s the link https://allerrorfix.net/tron-script-remove-virus-malware-free-windows/ .
Tip 5 Bit Defender:
If you are suspicious that your PC is infected with a virus or any kind of malware, but you are not really tech-savvy or just lazy to go through a lot of troubleshooting, an anti-virus tool is for you then. One such anti-virus tool is Bit Defender. Bit Defender is famous and trustworthy. Unlike many other anti-virus tools, this is relatively less demanding of your PC’s resources. It also has one of the best threat detection rates. All you have to do is get their Free anti-virus program from their official website and install it on your computer. Once it’s done you can simply run the program and follow the on-screen instructions, it is very much straightforward. It also has a paid version, but we recommend getting the free version and trying it before you buy the subscription. Here’s the link to their official website for Bit Defender’s free anti-virus for PC https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html.
These are the 5 tips from us if you want to get rid of viruses or any kind of malware for that matter without formatting your PC. These can be your best bets to be safe, but if you truly want to be safe, 100% safe, we’re sorry to say, that you will have to format your PC. Formatting can be a big step, we understand, but you can always back up all the important data before you do so.
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