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If you own, a PC and you haven’t had a virus yet then consider yourself fortunate. However, every computer will encounter a virus. There is no avoiding it. The only thing you can do is be prepared. There are several ways to attempt to remove a common virus yourself.

They are:

  1. Update your Computer: If your computer is not set to automatically update you should take a moment to visit the Microsoft Update centre and check for the latest updates. Sometimes simply updating your OS will make everything run smoothly again.
  2. Update your Antivirus Software: Once you know your OS does not have any updates, you should check your antivirus software. Not all software is created equal. Some are memory hogs and others simply do not work well. If you seem to frequently encounter viruses then you may wish to consider finding a more appropriate antivirus software program to guard your computer. Visit your current software’s website and update your antivirus to the current definition of the software. If updates are found, install them at once and run a complete scan of your computer.

There are many other types of malware that could be infecting your computer such as spyware, and/or rootkits. If the complete scan of your updated virus software did not detect a virus then you may have spyware on your computer. If the spyware problem is relatively small you may be able to download a spyware program and remove it yourself. If your computer is shutting down, freezing, or simply not cooperating then it may be time to take it to a professional.

Let your computer repair technician know the steps you have already taken and what software you used when you attempted to correct the problem. He or she will have additional professional tools and expertise to properly diagnose and treat your computer.

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