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My Dell Desktop Has a Virus, How Do I Wipe It Clean


Virus is a dreadful word not just for you but for every computer user who spends a lot of time working online for office or personal use. So, it is natural for your Dell computer to come face to face with a virus or malware when you browse the internet, download or share a file, or shop online among other things. So, if you suspect a virus activity in your Dell computer, you should tend to it immediately. Here is a free virus removal guide for your Dell computer. it discusses how to wipe clean a computer when it encounters a virus.

Step 1

A virus, other than integrating itself with your filesfolders or programs, runs its process (.exe) in Windows Task Manager. So, you must first start by ending the virus process in Task Manager. To open the utility, right-click anywhere on the taskbar (the horizontal bar on your Dell computer) and select Task Manager. If you are unable to access Task Manager or any application on your computer due to virus infection, reboot your Dell computer in Safe Mode with Networking.

Step 2

When in the Task Manager window, carefully examine all the running processes with.exe and other such extensions. A virus often masquerades as an.exe or legitimate file extension to prevent itself from being detected. It may also have weird name like abcd123.exe etc. A popular virus example is mslove.exe. Look for such a weird name process running in Task Manager, select it, and click the End Process button.

Step 3

When done, open your antivirus program and update it with the latest virus, malware definitions. Most of the Dell computers come pre-installed with an antivirus software. Yours must have come with McAfee, Trend Micro, or Norton security software. You can spot the security software icon in the system tray. If your Dell PC did not come with one, connect to the internet and run an online virus scan.

Step 4

When finished updating, run a full virus scan and not a custom scan of your Dell computer. Wait while virus scan is underway. When done, prompt your antivirus software to remove the items brought in the scan results. To double check that no virus has left in your Dell computer, connect to the internet and search for an online virus scan utility. You can trust McAfee virus scanner or Trend Micro’s HouseCall tool.

Step 5

Download the file and save it to your computer. When done, run the installation file and complete the installation of the tool. When done, run a full virus scan. When done, prompt your antivirus program to delete the infected files found during the scan. Your Dell computer will be free of virus or malware now. If you do not have an antivirus program installed on your Dell computer, download one from the internet.

Step 6

If you want to go for full security suite, you can purchase a paid antivirus program. You will have to complete the buying requirements to buy an antivirus program. Do as prompted. If your needs are limited, you can limit to the free antivirus software. When done, save the file and install your antivirus program. Update it regularly with the latest virus, spyware definitions and patches when these are available.

Step 7

Run full virus scan every month or fortnight to make sure that your Dell computer stays protected from the ever growing online threats. You must also run a custom scan for every external media like disk, flash drive, or thumb drive etc. Customize your web browser settings for maximum protection against the viruses, spyware, malware etc. Contact Dell technical support if you are unable to remove a virus by yourself.


Source by Gaurav Srivastava

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