It can be a very stressful experience when you think your computer is infected by a virus. You’re thinking, am I going to lose all my data? If you’re like most people, everything is on your computer, and the thought of losing it all is a very scary thought indeed.
If you think your computer might be infected by a virus, the first step is to determine if it is an actual virus, or something else. A virus is very different from spyware, or adware.
Is your computer experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Slow running-Startup screen not loading
- Internet browser freezes
- Annoying pop ups
- Home page has changed
- Blue screen
- Slow email
- Computer freezes
It’s possible that your Computer is infected with a virus or it is full of spyware and adware. It may be as simple as running a program that will remove the problem. However, be careful when downloading spyware removal programs. Some of these so called free programs will actually infect your computer with a worse virus, then they tell you the only way to remove the new virus is to upgrade to the pay version of their software.
Safe Programs You Can Try
If your problem is a very simple one, a combination of the programs listed below may help.
If you’re comfortable with installing, configuring and running software applications, this could be your best option to get started. If this does not work, I recommend contacting a professional computer repair company that specializes in virus removal.
A good computer repair company will be able to diagnose the problem, fix it correctly, and have you back up and running within an hour. Many computer repair services will come to you, which is very convenient and saves you the effort of unplugging all the cables and lugging your computer it down to the repair shop.
Finding A Good Computer Repair Service
The best way that I’ve found to find a good computer repair service is Google Places. Check their reviews and see what other people are saying about their service. You’re looking for a company that has at least 10 reviews and the majority are 5 star ratings, remember you can’t please everyone, so if you see 1 or 2 below 5 stars you should be ok.
Next thing is to consider pricing. Personally I wouldn’t pay more than $80 - $90 per hour. As I mentioned before, a good computer repair service should be able to diagnose and perform a virus removal for you in under an hour. So if you did your due diligence and found a reputable computer repair service by checking reviews, and they are under $90 per hour, you should be in good shape.
In my next article I will be discussing prevention.
How to protect yourself against computer viruses, how to back up all your data, and other tips that will help you avoid future problems.