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Remove a virus from your Windows computer or laptop

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For the fate of luck, almost everyone has at least one terrible experience of having a virus on their computer in their lifetime. But fortunately, there are effective ways to remove malicious content from a Windows PC or a laptop.

Next we will help you get rid of the malware that stays in your computer if you can still use it and you have access to the internet as if you have lost control of the device completely. We also advise you how to protect your PC in the future.

Remove a virus from your computer or laptop

If your computer seems to work perfectly despite being infected by a virus, you should follow the steps below to eliminate it. Remember that you should not restart your computer until you have completed each step.

. Some malicious programs will make it very difficult for you to eliminate them. To combat it, you must download, install and use the RKill program .

. You should also download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Windows. Once done, open the program and go to ‘ Settings ‘, followed by ‘ Protection ‘ and ‘ Scan for rootkits ‘. Go back to the main menu and click on ‘ Analyze now ‘.

. Finally, download and install Malwarebytes ADWcleaner on your computer, open the program and click on ‘ Analyze ‘ also to find and remove the virus.

Remove a virus in Windows if your computer has stopped working

But what if you can not access your infected computer? In this case you should make a recovery tool from which you can start your computer that does not work. You have to use another computer and an empty CD, DVD or USB.

1 Download the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool Recovery Tool on this other uninfected computer.

2 If you are going to use a CD or DVD to boot your computer, then you have to insert it. Find the file related to Recovery Tool, right click on Iso and select ‘Burn disk image‘. In the question, select the disc and click on ‘Record‘.

3 If you are going to use USB, then you have to download and install the Rufus tool. Connect your USB drive and under ‘Format Options’, select ‘Make a boot disk using the ISO image‘ from the drop-down menu.

After this, click the disk drive icon, look at the Norton Boot Recovery Tool file and choose NBRT.iso. Then you click on ‘Start‘, then click ‘OK‘.

. Now, insert the bootable CD, DVD or USB that you just created on the infected computer.

. Restart or restart the computer. Instead of letting it boot normally, you’ll have to access the BIOS settings. For this you must type a specific key, normally ‘ F2 ‘, although it will be indicated on the screen.

. Browse through the BIOS menus until you find the Boot options. Then, select the CD, DVD or USB that you have used.

. Save the changes and exit the BIOS configuration. The computer will now restart from a specific unit.

. If a start menu appears in the ‘ Welcome to NBRT ‘ window, click on ‘ Boot ‘ and follow the on-screen prompts to start the analysis.

. When the process is complete, you will be presented with a list of the threats found and you will be recommended what steps to take next. Remember that you will not be able to back down so make sure you only eliminate real threats.

10 . Once you have selected the actual threats, click on ‘ Fix ‘ and then ‘ OK ‘ to confirm the action.

11 . Finally, click on ‘ Restart ‘ when the process has finished.

Prevent more viruses from entering your Windows computer in the future

Now that you have been able to eliminate the virus that infected your computer, it is a good time to think about how to preserve it for the future. We recommend that you install an antivirus on your computer and make sure that you have always updated it.

It is true that Windows 10 comes with installing a firewall, as well as a very effective antivirus called Windows Defender. However, in PCWorld Spain we feel that an additional layer of security is not bad.

Other ways to ensure that you have a PC free of malware, be very careful: open an attachment in the email from senders that you know and download software only from official pages or which are reliable.

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