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Can I Remove a Virus Without Antivirus Software?

Can you remove a virus without antivirus software? The short answer is yes, but it's not easy. Sometimes, depending on how nasty the virus is, you'd need to be a computer genius to successfully remove a virus manually. However, if you are somewhat technically savvy, you can try few things before opting for anti-virus software protection.

Why is it so Hard to Remove a Virus Without Software?

A hacker, or sometimes a team of hackers, who create computer malware all have at least one goal in common. That is to make it as difficult as possible to remove a virus they create from your computer. Some hackers are very intelligent and spend countless hours brainstorming ways to hide corrupt files all throughout your computer, making removal extremely difficult. In general, you cannot simply use Windows Add/Remove software tool to get rid of most viruses today. The display icons for the virus may disappear, but the virus will still be running, hidden in the background on your computer, and continuing to wreak havoc on your system.

In order to remove a virus without software, you will most likely need to search online and download a long list of instructions. You will need to know your computer inside and out and have a good chunk of time to dedicate to the manual removal of a virus. However, if the virus that ails your computer is not all that malicious by relative comparison, a few generalized quick steps, listed below, may or may not do the trick.

Some Quick Steps to Try to Remove a Virus

  1. Hold down the CTRL, ALT and DEL buttons simultaneously – this will launch the Windows Task Manager. Once the Task Manager launched, click on the Processes tab. Look through every single process, which is a program that is currently processing information on your computer. If you see anything that looks unfamiliar, search the file name on the web and see if it's connected with any viruses. If you're confident that a particular file is corrupt, click the End Process button for this file.
  2. Launch your System Configuration utility and click the Startup tab. This lists all the programs that automatically run once your computer is booted. Most viruses launch themselves whenever you load up your OS, so again, look for any odd or unknown programs on this list. If you see a program with a surefire red flag, delete it from this list.
  3. Click the Start>Computer menu and go to your hard drive utility. Delete the viral files directly from your hard drive. This may or may not delete the virus in its entirety.

Remove a Virus Easily With Software

If you have a very nasty virus, removing it manually is going to consume a lot of your time. If you are not particularly tech savvy, trying to remove a virus manually could be a waste of time if you're not successful, and it will give you a headache in the process.

The top-rated anti-virus software suites have a high rate of success when it comes to removing many types of pre-existing infections on your computer. The best anti-virus software can also protect you from nearly 100 percent of future threats. Since this software ranges in price from as little as $30 to $60, many users find that using anti-virus software to remove a virus is by far the best solution.