It’s quite annoying sometimes when we get our PC affected by viruses. Viruses have many bad effects to our PC. It’s sometimes can slow down your PC performance, send some unwanted files and ads on your PC when online and even harder, steal your private data information in your PC/online data. Indeed, there are many software or antivirus to combat those disturbing viruses on your PC, but using antivirus doesn’t always mean all viruses can be detected an deleted. Sometimes, even our antivirus also cannot detect completely all viruses affecting our PC. Therefore, you also need the manual steps to delete those viruses without the support of antivirus.
So, today, I would like to share you about steps to delete viruses in your PC manually. So, let’s check it out!
1. Scan your computer or PC using your antivirus which this antivirus should have the ability to show the path of registry of the viruses. Just let some viruses left undeleted if your antivirus can not delete it, you still have the next step.
2. The next step is that you need to open msconfig.exe and see on the startup. Usually, the viruses will leave a command on startup, so that when your PC is switched on, the viruses will also automatically run on your PC.
3. The information about the registry place of the viruses can be seen on “Command” box. In this example, it can be confirmed that the virus file is named as “ziolaa” and it is hidden on C:\Users\compaq\ziolaa.exe. And the registry location will always be in HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CurrentVersion\Run.
4. The next, open registry Editor (regedit.exe).
5. Next, we will check the virus file existence here. In this matter, the location of the virus file is similar with the Command box; C:\Users\compaq\ziolaa.exe.
6. Take a look on that registry location to confirm of whether or not that the virus file does exist. But before that, we should make a setting so that all viruses are visible because usually, all virus files are set to be “super Hidden”.
7. So, on Windows explore please click Organize >> Folder and Search options.
8. And then on view menu >> uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”.
9. By the steps above, hopefully all viruses can be visible. It will be so confusing if the name of virus file is actually similar with other windows files that we have. The risk even goes to a deletion of our own useful files in PC. So, you need to be super careful here.
10. All right, we have made all files including the virus files visible. Now it’s time to go to Windows Safe Mode. By accessing the Windows Safe Mode, only executed files that will run on windows. Other application won’t run in this mode.
11. This strategy is useful for our mission to delete the viruses manually, because when one of the virus files is deleted, other files will automatically make the viruses again, the virus files are in deactivated mode. Although this step doesn’t guarantee that the viruses will be 100% deleted, but that is the way we use Windows Save Mode.
12. Now it’s time to go to Safe Mode. The steps are first, you need to restart your PC, and before the screen shows “starting Windows”, or when the corner left of the black screen shows a twinkling strip line, press F8.
13. Next, we will have many options. Just choose “Windows Safe Mode”.
14. When you have entered Windows, the next step will be about to launch the attack to the identified viruses and begin to deleted them all. Remember, you need to set the files on your PC to be visible including the system files.
15. First, you need to go to msconfig.exe and uncheck the list >> apply.
16. Second, go to regedit.exe, delete all virus strings.
17. Third, delete all virus master files which exist in hard disk.
18. The logic is that we have broken and defragged or shatter between 1 file with other files so that they cannot help each other.
19. After you finish the steps, it’s time to exit from Windows Safe mode and return to Windows Normal. Just check whether the viruses has been deleted or not, but it’s usually successful!