Ways to Get rid of Computer Viruses and Maintain your System
For everyone who know me I recently had my second computer virus. This time on my desktop. I have been working on creating a cookbook; therefore, I am using my desktop talking on the net and etc more than normal. Some how I continue getting a virus call “Window Defender or Recovery” It is not a part of window. This fake virus is associating itself with your system for you to think “oh my computer found viruses let me click that”. STOP, never click any program than the virus program you bought. So many virus out there are Fake Alerts! They want to trick you to crash your system. Also I must note. This certain virus have a lot of fake help pages out on the net. Please don’t download anything from off the net or something that state this virus is well know if you download this software it will get rid of it for you. Bull crap! I almost did that until I came to a website mentioning these phony helper who are worst than the original virus and it bury itself deep into your system. Please follow the step below to save you headache and a little bit of money, sorry I can’t promise about time.
I know that FB have ton of virus going around but I don’t click on people link when it say something like “oh wow, click on the link you got to see this!” That is a fat virus fatter than me. I think perhaps I am getting viruses from certain pages from the search engine when looking up for recipe ideas of how to make something new or different. My computer does not always have the McAfee alert saying this page is bad. So I am thinking it is safe. So what can I do to prevent myself from having viruses. One step is to clean your hard ware. This link is from a blogger,
Digital Dame who has a great post about cleaning and fragmenting files (making your system run faster). She also have the site you can go to have a free download of the softwares.
Have a reliable antivirus protection tool. Once my McAfee is expire I am either going back to Norton Virus as my brother suggested or Webroot as my friend suggested. They both said that either or are way better than McAfee and they never had any viruses.
Before you go to sleep scan for virus. This way your not using your computer and slowing it down while it is scanning. My favorite virus scans are “Spybot Search & Destroy” and “SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition” They both are free and work great. I always use the Spybot first to run since it take lesser time than end my night with Superantisypware. They both can be found at CNET download.
Now that you know the steps to prevent from having viruses. What do you do when you do have one? The first thing is to do is run a full system scan/scan disk (Run chkdsk in Windows Vista to scan for bad sectors on your hard drive and repair).
Once that process is finish run both Spybot and Superantisypware. To get rid of some of the problem. Don’t even bother using you bought virus protection tool at least not yet. After running both Spybot and Superantisypware. For window visa users: Go to Start> type in System Restore>Click on it>The Restore Wizard will open> Click on Next button> Now pick what date your system was running perfectly and click on enter/next. Do as your system say not to touch the computer while it is configuration back to existing time. Go grab a coffe. Once your system is up and running (might be after a few hours) do a full scan of your computer now using the store bought virus protector, follow with both spywares I mention earlier, and one last time of the full system scan. This will assure the all that the crappy virus is out of your system.
Now if you end up having black screen due to the virus go to personalize and change your background ground back to normal. Then take a look at your screen. Are you missing files. There are two things you can do. I first will tell you the free way. Most of the time when you do not see your files or work you once had on your desktop the computer go into a protective mode and automatically hide all folders. Why I don’t know but here is a link that will help you find your folders that are hidden. In which I call “hidden folders”. Your files and folder that was hidden will come back looking transparent but it work the same. If this link does not work go to start and type in Folder Option>View Tab>Hidden files and folders–>click box Show hidden files and folders> Apply> OK
To make your transparent folder or image solid/normal : To mark a file or folder as hidden, right-click on the item, and choose Properties from the context menu.
The Folder Properties window will open, with the General [properties] tab automatically selected.
The last section of settings on this tab is labeled Attributes, and contains a checkbox (unchecked by default) labeled Hidden. Check this check box and click OK to mark the selected file or folder as hidden.
The Hidden/visible file and folder setting is immediate, and will take effect for all users as soon as you confirm your choice inside Folder Properties.
Marking a file or folder as hidden can be applied on multiple files and folders at the same time: simply selected all the items you would like to hide, right-click on one of them, and choose Properties – marking the file as hidden from the Properties dialog will apply the change to all the files and/or folders you selected, as soon as you click OK
There is a program that cost under $100 which work wonders for when you delete a file, folder, and etc by mistake. Or when virus damage your system. I have only used this before I found the free link above to retrieve what I thought was lost files onto my Notebook Storage. This is the link when interested. It will give you a free 1G I think to retrieve lost files. So when you like it after you try it out you may upgrade.
I hope you never get a virus but if you do then I hope all this information I wrote is helpful to you as it was to me. And what ever you do please back up all your work and yes even your hard drive.