Welcome to this quick tutorial (and collection of tips) on how to remove viruses from your machine using the power of free antivirus software and google! This guide is meant to be used alongside youtube and google when attempting to remove viruses from your devices at home
Downloading an antivirus software and running frequent scans. It is always a good idea to have an antivirus software installed on your devices at all time. Running weekly or bi-weekly scans on your devices can help you find malwares before you start noticing the first symptoms of an infection.
Turn off your internet access on the device when removing viruses. Viruses might be programed to reinstall themselves, make modifications to your device or send messages to a server controlled by the hacker. While this kind of behavior is not common it is always a good idea to take precautions against it.
Keeping the filename of viruses and googling them. This allows you to find pages with guides on how to deal with the specific malware on your computer in addition to a description of its behavior and the distribution method that it uses. Knowing the distribution method of malwares is crucial because certain virus might infect USB devices that you plug into your computer.
Looking for other modifications that the malware might have made. Viruses can make subtle changes to how your computer works, a good way to find these is to lookup the name of the malware that infected your machines and reading about its behavior. Adwares (malwares that generate profit by showing you unwanted ads) have been known to install browser extensions that adds extra advertisements to the pages you visit. Other viruses like the Bing redirect virus will change your default search engine to Bing and prevent you from modifying that setting.