How to find which virus is on computer

Does your PC frequently appear to act in a sluggish manner? Beware; this may indicate a virus infection in your PC. You should take steps to find out whether your PC has really been infected. In case of a real virus attack, the slowing down of your PC is only the tip of the iceberg. Newer viruses can erase your hard disk, corrupt system files or worse; send copies of the virus through e-mail to everyone having their e-mail IDs in your address book. You must remove the virus from your PC as fast as possible. Not sure how to do it? Then read on.

The first thing you need to learn is how to find which virus is on computer. To do this run a thorough scan of your hard disk with the antivirus software you have installed in your PC. Remember to select all the partitions of your hard disk before you run the scan. However, if your PC has already been infected, and the antivirus has been unable to prevent the infection, then there is a fair chance that the scan will reveal nothing. In that case, you can go for some kind of online scanning with some reputed antivirus software. Symantec and McAfee are good examples. Once the virus shows up in the report generated after the scan, note down the name of it, even if the antivirus reports that it has successfully cleaned it.

Now you know how to find which virus is on computer and you’ve discovered the name and identity of the culprit you need to know what to do when your computer is infected. Perform a search on Google with the name of the virus. You will find some guide with detailed instructions on how to remove the virus from PC. If the virus was cleaned by your resident antivirus, or the online antivirus service, you should still save or print a copy of these instructions, for future reference. If the virus has not been cleaned, however, you will have to use these guidelines to rid your PC of the virus.

In some cases, Microsoft Knowledgebase may also have a set of guidelines regarding removal of a particular virus from your system. Perform a search on Knowledgebase with the name of the virus. You may come across guidelines about the removal of that specific virus. Follow the instructions to rid your PC of this menace.

If everything fails, then you can contact Microsoft technical support (provided you are using Windows operating system in your PC) and get their help for removing the virus. You may also contact a system engineer to help you with the problem.

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