Do you suspect your computer has a virus? If so, it’s important to take immediate action, but do you know what to do? Many people encounter a virus and realize they aren’t quite sure what to do next. Here are a few basic things you should do to make sure the virus doesn’t cause any more damage.
Generally, the first thing you should do is to disconnect from the internet, and from any other network you are attached to, especially if you are connected to an office network. This will prevent the spreading of the virus.
Next, you may want to put your computer in safe mode. Although not a requirement, safe mode is much more likely to prevent the virus from causing more damage while you look for it.
Use your anti-virus software to scan your entire machine for the virus. The goal is that the anti-virus software will find everything, and you’ll be able to delete anything that isn’t supposed to be there. If your anti-virus software isn’t able to find anything you have two options. You might want to consider a different anti-virus program or seek the help of a professional virus removal company.
Once the virus is gone, you’ll probably have to reconfigure a few things. Hopefully, there won’t be much, but be prepared to have to fix your home page, or change a password or two.
Although virus prevention should happen constantly, this is a good time to do a quick audit. Is there anything you can do to make your computer safer?
If you are at a loss and need professional virus removal please contact us, we are always happy to help.