Today’s virus infections are lean and mean. They are designed to strike fast and avoid removal. Many will block your access to the very sites and programs needed to eradicate them. They’ve learned where to hide and how to morph into an unidentifiable form.
Unless you’re ready to re install Windows and lose all your information, you must act fast. Leaving one small line of code intact will allow the infection to regenerate and strike again tomorrow.
Here’s what I suggest. Develop a complete plan. Once you realize you’re infected you don’t have time to figure out what to do and besides, you won’t be able to get to the sites that offer help. Have everything in place and ready to go. If you do it now, you’ll save your self days of frustration.
First and foremost have a solid and reliable detection and removal program installed on your system. I use and recommend PC Matic everyday. It’s my first line of defense. I run PC Matic once a week and let it check for infections while it cleans and updates my system. The latest virus definitions are updated from our server each time I run the program. I know I’m ahead of the curve for detection.
Next, copy/paste the HOW TO chart below to a word document and save it on a thumb drive. Along with those instructions, download PC Matic, Malwarebytes and the MS Removal tool and keep them on the thumb drive too. Remember the virus will block your access to PC Pitstop, and all the other sites that offer protection. Now if you are infected you will have the tools you need right on the thumb drive and you won’t have to worry about being blocked by the virus. Follow the instructions closely and don’t leave out a step.
1. Boot into SafeMode With Networking by tapping the F8 or F5 key during the boot process.
4. Run all three free programs while in SafeMode With Networking.
6. Turn on System Restore and create a new restore point.
Why do I suggest multiple programs? Because no single program can cover all infections all the time. Malware can mutate within minutes. While it’s likely that our single program will find it all, the shotgun approach just adds another layer of security.
If you’re infected, clean it fast and clean it completely.