The very first step in Cleaning Your Computer from Virus, Malware, Spyware or any other Rogue and annoying programs is suppose to be to Shut Down your computer. At least that is what I found out when I actually had to do it myself for my mother’s computer. My mom told me that she got to some website, and some window popped up asking her something, so she replied… I told her so many times to NOT do that if she is NOT sure about any kind of a pop up. Well, the next thing she noticed is that many windows kept opening up and telling her that she got lots of viruses in her computer and to immediately remove them.
Believe it or not, she actually clicked on pretty much all of those buttons. She tried to close and say no to them, but after seeing that they aren’t going away, she actually agreed with those pop-ups. When she agreed for the fake anti-virus program to actually do what it wanted to do, they requested almost a hundred dollars to be paid up front. She denied of course, but the virus kept annoying her so much that she couldn’t do any more work. I believe many of us had to go through this to learn our lesson.
When I got to her computer I didn’t take my laptop with me, but I did have my iPhone which has internet working. When I sat down by her computer the virus was so deeply soaked in the computer it was insane. The Internet Explorer didn’t work the way it should, it opened but would not go to any web page. The printer wouldn’t work nor any other program. The fake anti-virus would NOT leave the middle of the screen, at least one of its windows was open demanding our response. I even tried Control Alt Delete, but as soon as I went into the Task Manager, the stupid virus would close it immediately. When I tried opening pretty much anything, even a folder, the fake anti-virus would tell me that whatever I’m trying to open is infected with something and so it wouldn’t let it open.
Many people including my mom didn’t even know that there is such thing as Fake Anti-Virus Programs, because they look too realistic to be fake. You must remember this, if you haven’t intentionally installed it, get rid of it but without clicking on anything it tells you, don’t even click on their closing X button in the top right corner. Every single button or graphic on the fake anti-virus software can easily be programmed to load your computer up with their annoying pop-ups.
My mom and I both use Microsoft Windows programs and if you do too, then when you see something popping-up which you know 100% shouldn’t have popped up then ask someone who understands a lot about computers. You can also, try closing it yourself, Right-Click the Tab of that pop-up in the bottom Taskbar of the whole screen and choose Close from that menu, or try hitting together the three keys Ctrl+Alt+Delete. If the Windows Task Manager won’t open immediately, then choose it from the menu that will offer to open it. In the Windows Task Manager click on the unknown to you program (or programs) and Hit the End Task for all of them individually. Then you can just close this Task Manager when you’re done Ending the Tasks for all of the unexpected programs. Unfortunately these steps didn’t work for me on my mom’s computer.
Since that Virus wouldn’t let me do anything on the computer, I couldn’t save any pictures or anything else before trying to remove it. So, I decided to look online for the advice, tutorials, or how-to info in cleaning the computer from Viruses. I did this last week and already forgot the name of that Virus… pissing me off :/ Anyway, I found this helpful blog called Delete Malware Blog – Malicious Software Removal Instructions and Computer Security Tips. After looking through multiple pages on that blog, I realized that their steps are pretty much very identical for many kinds of viruses. The Virus previews look alike and do about the same thing, only their names and some graphics are different. After reading through it and researching other websites too I came up with this solution below which helped me clean my mom’s computer From All of the Viruses, Malwares, Spywares, and any other kind of annoying programs. None of my mom’s files were lost either, so these steps were safe for me and should be for you too, but I don’t guarantee anything because all of the computer issues are unique and never 100% alike.
– Well, like I said in the beginning the very First step in this kind of situation should be Shutting Down your computer. If the shut down option from the Start menu doesn’t work then just Hold the Power button on the computer (or laptop) itself until it shuts off.
– For Second step, find the F8 Key and be prepared to push it many times continuously after you’ll turn the power button On. Let’s push that Power button On to begin starting the computer, but at the same time start continuously pressing the F8 Key many times until you’ll see the screen show up with options for starting your computer in different modes. Choose to start windows in the “Safe Mode with Networking”, make sure that you chose the … with Networking option. When your computer finishes starting it may look different, distorted, and without some features. That is normal, don’t panic, Safe Mode only runs your computer on the most important and basic Windows programs. You should notice that the Virus isn’t there either, but it’s only in the Safe Mode, so don’t get too excited yet.
– Third, go on the Internet and choose a Free anti-malware software. Find one by yourself using your search engine, or try the one I used called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Software – Removes all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. To be safe with what you download, try one or two from this list that I found on PC Mag website called The Best Free Software of 2010, Anti-Malware.
– Your Fourth step should be to download and run the desired anti-malware software at Full System Scan, at least that’s what I did with Malwarebytes. The program I used and some others are Free to use even though they’ll try pushing you into buying it, but you don’t have to, keep reading and I’ll tell you about another one I used which is Free and even better.
– Fifth step, download another awesome Free program called Microsoft Security Essentials Software – Guards against viruses, spyware, malware, and other rogue evil software. After I ran the first Malwarebytes software it didn’t find anything wrong on the computer, but that is most likely because the computer was in a Safe Mode. Do Not uninstall it, let it keep working in the background and watching out for viruses. When I found the Microsoft Security Essentials software and realized that it’s free, I was supper happy. To tell you the truth I love Microsoft, I know many people hate it, but I like most of their stuff, except the Internet Explorer. I hated the change in Microsoft programs. Maybe I should say that I love Microsoft Windows mainly. Anyway, in Safe Mode I wasn’t able to install the Microsoft Security Essentials.
– Step Six, Shut Down the computer and keep hitting the F8 Key and choose to start the Windows in the Normal Mode. When I did that this is where Malwarebytes Free Software helped me, it caught the Virus while Virus was trying to start up again. Then it prevented the Virus or Malware from popping up and from doing some things. I don’t remember if I scanned the computer again with this Malwarebytes software, but I do know that it aloud me to install and fully scan the whole computer with the Microsoft Security Essentials Software. It took about two or three hours to scan my mom’s computer with the Full System Scan. Believe it or not, but it did find the three annoying suckers or viruses called “Exploit:Java/CVE-2010-0842.O”, “Rogue:Win32/Winwebsec”, and “TrojanDownloader:Java/Open…”. As you can see in the preview image below that the Recommended action was to Quarantine them, but I changed them all to remove them all individually, and then clicked to Apply Actions.
– The Seventh step is just basic cleanup. Whatever internet browser you use, go to its options and delete all history and temporary internet files. If you want to Uninstall the Malwarebytes or Microsoft Security Essentials, then it’s up to you, but I kept the second software and Uninstalled the first. I kept the second one because it is made by Microsoft for the Microsoft Windows, so it has to be working good, right? Anyway, Restart your computer again normally without clicking any keys. Now your computer should be nice and happy, at least my mom’s was :)
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