How to Remove Computer Virus on Your Own

If your PC has ever been infected – or worse, if it’s infected right now – you’re probably groaning. Yes it’s a pain, but the good news is: you can remove viruses yourself, for free.

1:  Back Up Documents, Photos and Videos. Save your important data to an external drive. Be sure to scan this drive and its contents after you remove the virus; you don’t want to re-infect your computer after the clean-up.

2: Reboot in Safe Mode. Prevent the virus from running when you try to remove it. To do this, reboot in safe mode.  Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” so that you can still get on the Internet.

3: Download Virus Scanner/Removal Tools. One may do the job, but three will almost certainly do the job. These three have worked for me and come highly recommended by PC Magazine and CNET:
Malwarebytes
SuperAntispyware
PC Tools

4: Run Virus Scanners. Download, double-click to install, accept all the defaults they recommend, and then run each. When the programs locate a virus or any suspicious items, allow the programs to delete the files.


5: Reboot Normally. Reboot your computer normally; no need for safe mode. If the virus is gone, go to step 6.

**IF YOU STILL HAVE THE VIRUS**
Many people will recommend you reinstall Windows or try system restore or download a registry cleaner. I say that at this point, most people should take the computer to a local PC repair shop.

6: Add Security . PC Tools is a real-time virus scanner that you can use as your ongoing protection, or install something like Avast or AVG. Also Microsoft’s Security Essentials comes well recommended. You should also go to the Control Panel of your computer, and in the security section click Windows Update. Make sure that it’s set up to regularly update.

7: Damage Control. Viruses are a gateway to identity theft and spam. So after you disinfect your computer it’s a good idea to check your credit. You should also change all your passwords, especially your email password and any passwords for your financial institutions.

Source: Yahoo News

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Windows 8’s Impressive Interface

The PC needs saving. With Windows 8, Microsoft believes it has the magic cure.

Beautifully designed apps, ultra-simple navigation, and instinctive commands make it hard to believe Metro came from the same company that brought us Windows Vista. Interactive, “live” tiles and an intuitive app store simplify the PC. Windows 8 is as easy to use as the iPad. That’s exactly what Microsoft intended. As PC sales slump amid a surge in tablets (okay, iPads), Microsoft is creating an operating system that lets hardware makers reimagine the PC for a tablet world. The software is slated to go on sale later this year.

But let’s be clear: Under the veneer of its redesign, Windows 8 is still very much a PC operating system. It features the familiar desktop and taskbar you’ve learned to love — or hate — over the years, and it works just as well with a keyboard and mouse as it does with a touchscreen.


The iPad is the simplest entry point to what Apple calls the “post-PC” world, but PCs haven’t outlived their usefulness just yet. Most people still go to their PCs for tools like Microsoft Office and more complex content creation tasks. That’s where Microsoft sees uncharted territory.

Metro is ideal for everyday tasks like Web browsing, e-mail, photo sharing, social networking, and casual gaming. But when you need to manage files, edit a document, or do anything else you wouldn’t typically try on an iPad, a tap or click on the desktop app launches what looks and feels like the Windows 7 interface.

Source: CNN

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