A virus can cause your PC to act in strangely. It may either become unresponsive, launch mysterious programs or you may even misplace files.
Malware is malicious software that consists of code or scripts, designed to disrupt the performance of PCs, laptops, handheld devices, etc.
Malware also referred to as a virus, can be used to collect information or data from infected devices and pass them on to another device.
If you’re not running an antivirus and your computer has become slow and unreliable, it’s possible that you have a virus. This can also occur if you’re running an antivirus with out-of-date virus definitions.
So if you suspect your PC has been infected, no need to panic. Here’s is what you need to do to recover as soon as possible.
Should you suspect that you have a virus and sensitive information or financial fraud has occurred, report to the anti-fraud unit of the police.
If data was lost, clean your device with a trusted and legitimate antivirus. If the virus attack is severe you may be required to format your device. Before formatting please backup as much as possible any clean data.
Restore or Recover
Restore your back-up. Hopefully, you had a created a back-up of all your files and folders and programs. (If not, make a mental note to consider cloud storage or an external hard drive for back up.)
In case you did not have a back-up of your data, use a recovery tool. To err is human and no one is exempt. In the confusion and panic of a virus attack you may have rushed to clean your device without backing up but there’s no need to throw your device out the window just yet. There are various tools available to recover your data.
Reboot in safe mode
Some viruses and other types of malware dig their hooks deep into your system, making them difficult to remove – especially by antivirus products you install later, after the virus has infected your system and had time to run wild, possibly downloading additional types of malware.
Booting into Safe Mode can help. In Safe Mode, Windows won’t load third-party software (including the virus),
After retrieving your data, perform a full scan of your machine
With those tips in mind, the most important one is definitely to ensure that you are always protected. Have a legitimate antivirus working for your device.
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