Can You Remove a Virus Without Anti-virus Software?
For any computer user, there is nothing worse than having your machine infected by a virus. With its slow performance, lagging windows, and security threats, operating a virus-infected computer is nothing short of a living nightmare.
As such, getting the virus removed is always your number one priority. This holds true whether the infected computer is your personal laptop or your workplace desktop.
Using a Professional is the Best Possible Way to Remove a Virus
Calling an anti-virus removal service is your best bet. This is because these viruses are built in a complex manner that it becomes difficult to remove them on your own.
Even when you think that removing a file or two has gotten rid of the virus, it remains tucked away and may harm your computer. It could still access your personal data, your financial information, and professional documents you have on your disk. Even if the virus isn’t built that way, it can still degrade your computer’s performance and makes it unusable.
Only a professional is able to determine all the signs and symptoms of a virus’ existence long after it has been visibly removed. However, if you want to try your hand at removing a virus yourself, then the following tips could be quite useful.
Determine What Program or File Came Infected with the Virus
In most situations, you expose your computer to viruses in one of two ways.
1) Whenever you download a program from an unknown location.
2) Whenever you open an email attachment from a non-trusted source.
In fact, most cases of virus-infected computers take place due to these issues.
Do you remember doing something along these lines? If yes, then your first course of action should be to locate and remove the infected program or file.
You could uninstall the program or just simply remove the file. It is not a guaranteed way to remove viruses. But at the very least, it gets rid of the source which infected your computer.
Format the Partition in Which the Virus File Was Found
Sometimes, it helps to format (completely delete) the partition in which the virus file was found. Be aware that doing this removes all files on your partition, including any pictures, music or videos.
Keeping this in mind, make sure you have a backup of your important data and documents before you go ahead with this step.
Once again, it only removes the source of the virus. It doesn’t deep clean your computer for areas where the virus has already made its way in.
Use Task Manager or Activity Monitor to Kill Suspicious Programs
It often happens that the virus creates an executable file in your computer. This affects your computer’s performance.
In some cases, it may also keep you from removing the originally infected file. That is when you can use a Task Manager (Windows) or Activity Monitor (Mac OS) to find and end the program.
- For Windows. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to bring up Task Manager. Locate any program that seems suspicious, right-click and then choose “End Task”.
- For Mac. Hit Command + Spacebar. In the search bar, type “Activity Monitor.” The Activity Monitor will come up. From there, you could locate the suspicious program to end its run.
In rare cases, this solution could fix the problem. But in most situations, the virus has already penetrated deep into your system files. That is why an anti-virus program and professional help is recommended for effective virus removal.
An Anti-Virus Program and Professional Help is Your Best Bet
While you could use the above tips to try and solve the problem, it really couldn’t be resolved completely without an anti-virus software or professional help.
As such, don’t hesitate in reaching out to a professional when your computer becomes infected. This is especially true if you did not already have any anti-virus software installed.
A professional will not only be able to rid your computer of the virus. They will also install anti-virus software to keep any future issues at bay, in addition to keeping your data and system secured against unwanted threats.
With Facet Tech's virus removal services, our specialists can remotely connect to your computer and free it of all viruses, spyware, and any other threats that may be hindering performance. Contact us today!