How to get rid of those nasty viruses.
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Posted 7/3/10
Well if you have a virus the easiest way to get rid of it is to reload the computer. For this you need to have recovery discs. Recovery discs are the windows operating system disc (Windows XP, Vista....). Now this will erase everthing on your computer and return the unit to factory settings, but it works (later I will discuss a more difficult way to remove viruses). Make sure you have all your data backed up and you can still back you your data to an external hard drive, flash drive or dvds. Dont worry most viruses that are out today will not transfer with that data. So just make sure your data backed up and then put in the recovery discs. Next you want to boot to the CD, but if it does'nt then when the computer first boots up and displays the brand name then at the bottom it should say to hit an F key for boot options (F1, F2, F3....). After that just choose to boot with the DVD player. Then you should load the recovery basically you just need to hit next the whole time and choose the typical install or recommend install and let it run. Some take twenty minutes and others can take a little over and hour.


Most viruses today are not that difficult to remove. So if you dont want to reload your computer then you could try this. Boot into safe mode by holding the F8 key when the unit is booting. Then go into the appdata file (just go to my computer or computer and browse the folders on it under the owner). There you should see a file or two files that says a bunch of nonesense. Right click and delete those files. Then you should have anti malware bytes on a flash drive or dvd. Run anti malware bytes (google the name for the download and download the free version if you dont already have it). That should take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour after that go to the run program in the start menu. Then in the run prompt type msconfig. Then go to the category called startup and remove anything that has an unknown publisher and whatever else you do not recognize. I do this for a living and most of the time this works. If that fails then you could always reload your computer just like in the first paragraph.

If you have anymore questions just ask and I will try my best to keep up with this post.
Posted 7/11/10
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Posted 7/12/10
I work at Geek Squad and we charge $219.99 for a, diagnostics, data back up, and repair(virus removal). I feel like I rob people sometimes, just remember to keep your data backed up because even an idiot can google the directions to reload his computer. That is what cooperate companies do to fix virus issue. They have all of thier data backed up to a server(home users use and external hdd) and just reload the unit.
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Posted 7/13/10
220 for a file backup or virus removal is robbing people. I have gotten rid of very nasty viruses on peoples computers in the matter of minutes without having to reformat. I think reformatting is a pain in the ass. But if you don't have over 1 TB of files to back up like me, I guess it wouldn't be as much of a hassle.

All you gotta do to prevent a virus is just take good care of your computer, don't leave ports forwarded that you are not using. I defrag, and clear my unused registry every month. Most viruses hide themselves and pretend to be a system process. Also I try to avoid using internet explorer. That browser is a piece of trash. Way out dated in the webdev world. For safety I would use Firefox first, but Google Chrome is still pretty safe and makes the websites look a little more vivid.
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