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Virus Removal Guide for Windows

Dan earned his CompTIA (CIOS) certification in 2010 and worked in the computer repair/networking industry for several years.


When frontline security measures fail, a thorough antivirus scan is useful for picking up the slack. Microsoft Windows tends to be the operating system most affected by malicious software, so here are some steps for running a comprehensive scan on it. Sometimes customized, manual forms of detection and removal are needed, but this is a useful approach.

  • Boot the computer into safe mode. Reboot the computer and tap the F-8 key. When the menu appears select “safe mode with networking.” Another way of accessing the menu is by typing msconfig into the RUN command box in Windows, selecting the boot tab, checking the boot box, adding the network support bubble, and rebooting.
  • Download and install Kaspersky’s TDSSKiller program. Run the program and it will check the system for root kits, a type of malicious software that is generally more subtle than regular viruses.
  • Download and install RKill. Run the program and it will stop malicious processes from running.
  • Uninstall any programs that are not being used, especially programs that were downloaded and installed from websites that are generally unknown, or perhaps suspect.
  • Install an antivirus suite if not done already. Update the program, run it, and opt to remove any malicious software it detects.

Once scans are complete, a computer reboot might be needed. Assuming the computer’s maintenance is up to date, the removal of viruses should allow the computer to run optimally.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Dan Martino

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