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Do You Think Your PC Has a Virus

My Recommendation: Remove Third-party Antivirus
If You Are Having Issues With the Chrome Browser, Try the Chrome Cleanup Tool
Four Tools I Recommend for Malware Scanning
Legally Download a Clean Version of Windows Directly From Microsoft

A computer virus is a malicious code that replicates by copying itself to another program, computer boot sector, or document and changes how a computer works. The virus requires someone to knowingly or unknowingly spread the infection without the knowledge or permission of a user. A computer worm is programming that does not require human interaction to advance. Viruses and worms may also be known as malware.

Browser hijacking is unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings without a user’s permission to insert unsolicited advertising into the user’s browser. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.

My Recommendation: Remove Third-party Antivirus

Most computer users have one of the highly advertised 3rd party security suites Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, or AVG Internet Security. A new computer may have security software installed by the manufacturer (usually a trial version). A subscription from your Internet provider (Verizon or Comcast), or perhaps you bought it in a store.

However, you came to have one of these products installed on your machine. I recommend you uninstall any 3rd party Antivirus by following these removal instructions. Doing so will allow the free built-in Windows Security in Windows 10 to activate automatically. You will save money and, more importantly, let your computer operate faster with fewer warning messages and pop-ups.

Note: Usually, uninstall is available in the All Programs folders. If not, use the add/remove feature built into Windows. If this uninstall doesn’t wholly remove McAfee or Norton Security, you can use one of the tools below.

Learn to use your System: Getting Started Tutorials for Windows.

If You Are Having Issues With Chrome Browser, Try These Instructions

Remove unwanted ads, pop-ups & malware

If you’re seeing some of these problems with Chrome, you might have unwanted software or malware installed on your computer:

  • Pop-up ads and new tabs that won’t go away
  • Your Chrome homepage or search engine keeps changing without your permission
  • Unwanted Chrome extensions or toolbars keep coming back
  • Your browsing is hijacked and redirects to unfamiliar pages or ads
  • Alerts about a virus or an infected device

In the future, avoid unwanted software by downloading files or visiting sites you know are secure.

Block or allow pop-ups in Chrome.

By default, Google Chrome blocks pop-ups from automatically appearing on your screen. The address bar will be marked Pop-up blocked when a pop-up is blocked. You can also decide to allow pop-ups.

If you still get pop-ups after disabling them:

  • You may have previously subscribed to receive notifications from a site. You can block notifications if you don’t want any communications from a location to show up on your screen.

There is malware that causes messages to appear in your Chrome browser with a button to link labeled “Get Chrome Cleanup Tool” or similar wording. These unexpected links should never be clicked or followed. Do not click buttons or links that suddenly appear under any circumstances.

Tools and tips to help you stay safe online. by Google

Here Are Four Tools I Recommend for Malware Scanning:
  1. Windows Security is built into Windows 10 and 11. It uses real-time protection to scan everything you download or run on your PC.
  2. This link will take you to detailed Windows Defender Offline tool instructions.
  3. Microsoft Safety Scanner: The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool. It provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.
    • Note:  The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires ten days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and rerun the Microsoft Safety Scanner.
  4. Sophos Virus Removal Tool – Infected with a virus? Unsure whether your existing antivirus software has detected and removed it? Are you still having problems and unsure where to turn to next? Sophos Virus Removal Tool can help.

Determine whether a computer runs a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

  • Right-click the Flag icon (start button) at the screen’s lower-left, and choose System. In the System Properties window, find your System type, which lists your Operating System and CPU type.

Legally Download a Clean Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 Iso Directly From Microsoft 

Use this link to download an ISO file to do a clean reinstall of Windows on a machine currently running Windows 10 without a license key. Reinstalling Win 7 and 8.1 will require a valid Windows key with all the recent discussions about junkware infecting new computers. It looks like Microsoft is stepping up its game to help Windows users be able to install a clean version of the operating System.

This site also has downloads for reinstalling Office. 20102013 – Office 365 or Office 2016
Note: Office 2007 went out of support on Oct 17, and MS has since removed the installation file from the Office Backup site. You need the original install media/disk.





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