Get Rid of Malware and Speed Up Your PC

Get Rid of Malware and Speed Up Your PC

You sit down to log onto your computer and it takes an eternity to boot. When it finally does, not only is your PC running slow but you notice some unfamiliar icons on your desktop. Or maybe when you open your browser you notice that the available screen area has shrunk due to additional search bars that you never installed.

If any of that sounds familiar, then your PC may be infected with a virus, spyware, or other type of malware. That’s the bad news. The good news is that scanning for, detecting, and ultimately removing malware is relatively easy to do and requires only a few steps:

Step 1: Download a Malware Scanner

There are a number of malware scanners available, but you need to make sure that you get an on-demand scanner. Some freely available on-demand malware scanners include:

Once you download your malware scanner, install it and let it update so that it has all of the latest virus and malware definitions.

Step 2: Enter Safe Mode

Disconnect your PC from the internet and remove any CDs or DVDs and be sure to unplug any USB drives. Depending on what version of Windows you have, you will need to do one of the following to enter Safe Mode:

Windows 8 and Earlier

  • Shut down your PC
  • When you restart it, immediately begin pressing the F8 key repeatedly. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu
  • Select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter

Windows 10

  • Click the Start button and then click the Power button
  • Hold down the Shift key and click Reboot
  • On the menu that appears select Troubleshooting > Advanced Options > Startup Settings
  • Click the Restart button
  • On the menu that appears, select Safe Mode with Networking

When you enter Safe Mode, your PC will only load those programs and services that are absolutely necessary.

Step 3. Before you Run a Malware Scan

Before you run your malware scan there are a couple of things that you should do:

  • Back up your important files, including documents, photos, videos, etc… Don’t back up program files, however, since they can often be hiding spots for malware infections.
  • Delete your PC’s temporary files. You can find instructions on how to do that here.

Step 4. Run a Malware Scan

Open the malware scanner you installed in Step 1 and start scanning. While the scan is running, you will be able to see how many files have been scanned and how many (if any) have been identified as either infected by malware or as malware itself. Once the scan is complete, your malware scanner will let you know if any infected files have been found. Clicking the Remove Selected button (the actual name may differ depending on the scanner) to get rid of the infected files.

Final Steps

After any malware and/or infected files have been removed from your PC, restart your computer and let it boot up normally. You should confirm the results of your scan by running another full scan with a different malware scanner. Updating your OS, browser, and other applications is also a good idea, as is updating all of your passwords.

How to Troubleshoot Windows 10 Updating Problems

How to Troubleshoot Windows 10 Updating Problems

How to Troubleshoot Windows 10 Updating Problems

Windows 10 is Microsoft latest operating system to date. It’s been patronized by millions of users around the world after the problematic update of Microsoft’s Windows 7 to Windows 8 and 8.1. The last two versions were relatively horrendous, and Windows 10 seemed to have solved these issues. However, we all know that there is no such thing as perfect software, therefore implying that Windows 10 still has its set of glitches and sometimes PC users are still having a hard time troubleshooting them. This article aims to help you troubleshoot and solve some of the most common Windows 10 Updating problems in a jiffy.

1. Couldn’t upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. (and even 8,1).

People would do almost everything it takes just to get out of the old Windows 7 and the evident lagging problems of Windows 8. Some people get stuck at 7 or 8, and couldn’t seem to find a way out. Well, say no more, since all you have to do is to open the Control Panel, run your Windows Update and check to see whether your PC, while at Windows 7 or 8.1 is fully up to date. Otherwise it really wouldn’t update to Windows 10 if you’re not on your current OS version. If this wouldn’t work, there are various tools that could be downloaded online that could help solve the more complicated aspects of this problem.

2. Turning off forced updates.

Sometimes, there are people who wouldn’t want to further update their current version of Windows 10 because, let’s face it: updates are annoying and take time. These updates keep the latest versions of the things the common population might not even be aware that they’re using such updates. In other words, we want to stop updating and put an end to those seemingly endless waiting time just to be up-to-date.

Now in order to solve this issue, all you have to do, especially for Windows 10 Pro users, is to get into the Start Menu, then search for ‘gpedit’ and run the Group Policy Editor. The next thing is to expand the computer configuration in the left-hand side and navigate through Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update. Afterwards, double-click the “Configure Automatic Updates” button in the list the select the Enabled radio button. You can then see the left-hand box; select “2” Which is to notify for download and notify for install. Click OK at this point and…poof! You’ll now be notified whenever you would want to continue or not with installing.

Those are the top two problems concerning Windows 10 updates, and the easy ways to solve them.