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How to remove a computer virus

Almost everything can be infected by a virus and computers are not far to be left behind. First of all, let us know what is a computer virus? – It is a piece of code which is capable of copying itself and typically has an inimical effect, such as corrupting the computer system or destroying data. So if “viruses” are malicious and harmful to a computer system, let us know how to get rid of them.

The following are the 5 steps for removing a virus and securing a computer system:

  1. Determination of Virus in a system
    Viruses attack a system immediately and there are disrupting changes observed in a system. Such as         
  2. Computer seems to be sluggish and some tasks are randomly occurring
  3. Changes in the operation of a web browser and direction to an unknown site automatically as soon as you open the browser.
  4. Crashing of a computer system and corrupting of some files when tried to be opened as well as instability of the overall system.
  5. Classification of threat
    Although every sign mentioned above shows that there is a presence of a viral infection in the system but it is fair to classify the virus to as Trojan virus, malware, worm, etc. Few disturbances might also be a hardware/software problem so it is better to classify the threat for the system.
  6. Backing up data (Securing Data)
    Once you realize that the computer is infected by a virus, it is advised that you back up your data on another device, cloud, etc. This will ensure that no important data/files/folders are cleaned up while killing/removing the virus.
  7. Removing the Virus (Anti – Virus Software)
    There are many free anti – virus software available on the various websites on the internet.
    1. To remove any virus, this software will help you with minimum fuss and virus will be removed within a few clicks.
    1. There are instances when you have anti-virus software installed in a computer and still the virus is not detected, in that case, the virus/malware is cleverly designed to escape the virus scan run by the software.
    1. The best thing to keep your computer away from any virus/malware, you must purchase an anti-virus application service available in packages periodically (i.e. monthly, half-yearly, annually). Antivirus applications are so well designed that they remove any viruses and also keep them away from infecting back the system.
  8. Safety and Security
    Okay! The virus/malware is removed but we must make it a habit to stay away from software/websites/files/applications that can be a potential threat to our computer system. Also remember to back up your data on another device/cloud just in case of losing data via viruses/malware.

“For hassle and fuss free computing, choose a suitable anti – virus application and Happy & Safe Computing to you”

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How to Repair Your Own Computer

For some people, repairing their own computer may be quite challenging. This is attributed to the fact that they may not have any knowledge when it comes to computer repair or handling technical devices. If you are such a person, you can know how to repair your computer by using a few tips that work with basic problems.

Various tips

At some point, your computer may tend to stop responding or ‘hang’ as most users would say. If this is the case, you should press the ‘caps lock’ or ‘num lock’ button on your keyboard and check to see if the ‘caps lock’ or ‘num lock’ light is going on or off. If it is not responding, give it several seconds before you try again. Take note that D-I-Y computer repair should never be done in a hurry. If the light does not come on, you can unplug the power cable from the CPU, wait a few seconds, re-plug the cable and switch on the computer.

Apart from handling, you may find that your keyboard or mouse is not responding. This may be after extended use or when you have plugged in an additional USB drive. If this is the case, you should unplug the mouse / keyboard and re-plug. Once you do this, you should try and find out if they are working by trying to use them. If they are still not responding, try using each of the devices on a separate computer. Chances are that the keyboard / mouse has failed and needs replacement.

In some cases, you may find that your computer stops responding immediately or after you start running a particular software that you recently installed. This is common when you are using software that has not been verified by your operating system vendor. If this is the case, you will need to access your control panel. If you are using Windows 7, you will click on the start button, move to all programs. Look for control panel and click it. Once you are there, you will look for add / remove programs and uninstall the program that does not respond.

The same scenario may arise after you have installed some new hardware device. In fact, for new hardware, the computer behaves erratically when you start using any application that uses the device. You are likely to experience non-responsiveness from the computer, funny display and / or sound and in some cases, a blue screen that either restarts the computer or freezes the same. If this is the case, you will need to shut down the computer and remove the hardware you have juts installed. If you really need to use it, you will be required to look for the additional software required for it to work on your machine. In some cases, you may need to get a different version that is compatible with your CPU.

For some people, going through this whole process may be a daunting task. If you are such a person, you will need to look for the services of a qualified technician. This can be done by doing some research on the technicians in your area or contacting your family, work colleagues or friends for referrals. Either way, you will need to make sure you repair your computer as soon as a problem presents itself. Take note that you should not try any D-I-Y methods if you are not sure of the same.