How to Recover From a Virus Infection: 3 Things You Need to Do

By: Brooke M. Perry

Virus attack induces highly damaging impact on a PC performance. Some users, mostly those who have had bitter experience of virus attacks take them seriously but majority of the users don’t consider viruses that seriously, perhaps because they remain aloof of big damages that these viruses and malware can cause to the PC and eventually to the important data stored in it.

Therefore, it is always advisable to keep the PC protected from viruses and also to adopt right recovery steps if the PC has already got infected. Average users usually don’t possess the right idea regarding what should be done to troubleshoot a virus infected computer or laptop.

Taking the cue, listed below are three important things that you can take up to ensure that the malware from your PC has got removed and also the damages done by it have been rectified:

Ensure the Malware Is Actually Removed

As soon as you detect that your computer has got infected by malwares, the first step is of course to ensure that it has got actually removed. You must realize the fact that once a malware has started running on your system, you can no more afford to postpone the recovery process because the active malware has high potential to commit severe damages to your computer like:

It might install rootkit software in order to keep itself hidden from being detected by AV programs and continue hitting on your computer performance by corrupting various important files and registry
If the malware is a Trojan then it might open the floodgates to facilitate the downloading of different other types of malware from faulty web servers to your system
It might hack your passwords and send them to malicious third parties, who can get access to your banking accounts, emails and other encrypted information

Therefore, it is very important that you take extra precautions after realizing that your system has got compromised. Just by running your regular antivirus program and receiving the verdict that “NO THREATS FOUND” is not enough. Before rushing to a final conclusion you must answer questions like has your AV program capable of detecting the malware? Hence, to ensure that malicious virus has actually got removed from your system, you can try out the following:

Scan your PC using multiple antivirus software
Try running a bootable antivirus program that runs outside of Windows. These kinds of AV programs are capable of detecting rootkits that malware uses to hide themselves from Windows.
You can try reinstalling Windows or try using the ‘Refresh’ feature if you are using Windows 8. This will take your computer back to its clean state. However, before doing this always keep the backups. This is 100% assured way of confirming that your Windows is out of danger.

Change the Passwords

Ensuring that the malware is removed from your PC is just the first step; it ensures that no further damage will happen but it doesn’t undo the damages that malware has already done. What if the malware has already shared your password with third party? To overcome such risks, change all your passwords pertaining to mail accounts, banking accounts and other important encrypted information. It is always advisable to use password managers to ensure that your passwords are strong and unique.

Prevention Measures for Future

Now, as you have now removed the malware and also got your data protected by changing the passwords, now you should employ prevention measures for the future protection. On these grounds you must take care of the following points:

Always use an antivirus program: It is not at all a safe practice to use a computer without installing AV program in it. You might be aware that antivirus programs need to be kept updated also if you want it to detect even the new and relapsed viruses. Hence, install an AV program and remember to keep it updated. Your AV program is most likely to inform you whenever updates get available otherwise you can check it out in the official site of the AV program you are using.
Uninstall Java: Java is a big source of infections, as it allows malicious websites to install malware on your computer. Hence, it is better that you get your Java uninstalled. But if you need to use Java for some special reason then you should at least keep the Java browser plug-in disabled.
Get your browser plug-ins updated: Irrespective of which browser you are using, you can visit the Mozilla’s Plug-in Check website to view if your system has any vulnerable plug-ins installed. If you see that you have outdated plug-ins then get those updated as early as possible.
Set your operating system (OS) and browser to get automatic update: You should always use updated Windows hence keep track of the new available updates by Windows Update. Modern browsers have the facility to set automatic update. Usually, they are set in that way by default. You can remain secured by using updated browsers and OS.

Taking care of the aforementioned points you can keep your PC security risks under control to a greater extent. Apart from following the preventive measures, it is also important that you keep a check of what you are browsing. Some sites are malicious, especially those to which you get redirected from email spam links, and advertisement links claiming you to win iPhone or links in adult websites. Hence, you must try to avoid clicking such links. Technology support is there to ensure your PC security but at the same time you need to adopt healthy browsing practices.

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Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online pc support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of online tech support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe.

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