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How do you truly clean your computer from a virus?


Asked by MChildressDem at 1:49 AM on Apr. 12, 2011 in Technology

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  • AVG and MalawareBytes don't catch everything!!!! The virus I had was detected by an online Microsoft, and neither AVG or Malawarebytes caught it!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • wipe it all out and reset it up again - save your files and music and photos to cd's first though!


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:51 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • had to do it like 2 weeks ago - totally sucks

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • can put the documents and stuff on a memory stick instead I would think

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Load anything you do not want to lose on a USB.
    * You did not mention the type of virus protection you have

    I run AVG with Malwarebytes.

    I scan AVG, then Malwarebytes. In safe mode always.
    If it finds anything I clean/quarantine/delete, whatever it says.
    Reboot my laptop into safe mode and then run them both again to be sure.

    I also check the processes my laptop is running against microsofts website to be sure it is a legit process. If not I take action to delete it.


    Answer by 4xsthetrouble at 8:41 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Use a good antivirus along with a second scanner. Don't run them together, but use the scanner like once a week or whatever with your antivirus turned off.

    Answer by lovingmy4babies at 10:08 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • DH does it, he knows all the secrets....

    Answer by samurai_chica at 10:18 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • I use McAfee Total Care. It is great.


    Answer by Glo402813 at 3:22 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • I have a netbook so not sure I can do that

    Comment by MChildressDem (original poster) at 1:54 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

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