What Can I Do If I Get a Virus on My Computer?

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If you suspect that your computer has a virus then it is very important to follow a few steps to make sure you do not encourage the spreading of the virus. Many people continue to use the computer as the virus works its way around causing damage so I am going to give you some tips on what to do when you get a virus.

What should you do when your computer gets a virus?

Turn off your computer

It is better to turn the computer off that has the virus on it until you know what action you are going to take. If you leave your computer on while you are deciding what to do, the virus could be causing havoc around your computer. Do not try to continue working on your computer when you suspect that you have a virus as you are just making the problem worse.

Scan your computer

The first thing you should do is use your anti-virus program to scan your computer. It would definitely be better if you did a boot time scan, which is a scan that is done before your registry files are loaded. If you do not have a virus program on your computer this would be a good reason why you have a virus in the first place. Now that you have a virus, you need to quickly get hold of a virus removal program to check your computer with.

There are many online computer virus scanners but I do not guarantee that any of these will definitely find your virus.

Think about what you did?

1. Did you recently download something on purpose or accidentally?

2. Did something unusual pop-up and ask you to download it and you said yes?

3. Did you recently open a suspicious e-mail?

If you can figure out and pinpoint if you actually helped with the infection of your computer then this will definitely help with solving your problem. For example if you did accidentally download something then you will know what to look for and what is causing the problem. This makes it easier when you are getting someone else to help you because you can explain a little bit about the problem.

Do not panic

When you do get a virus, or think that you have a virus, you should definitely not panic. If you are not sure what to do you should definitely turned the computer off and think about it. Think about how you were going to get help to get rid of this virus. Maybe you can go on another computer and research your problem without using the computer that has the virus on.

I personally like to prevent getting a virus in the first place as it can cause a lot of stress and worry.

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