Step 1) Disable System Restore.
The first step we want to take is to disable the system restore. We are doing this for two reasons, first, because the people who write viruses are actually, very, very, smart. They know that by hiding code in the system restore portion of the PC they can exploit that service to restore the virus BACK onto your computer after you have removed. Second, the system restore could potentially be A LOT of files that we do not want to waste our time scanning. Remember, time is critical, your wife is on her way home.
You did it! That wasn't so bad now was it? The best part is, if you can do that you can probably do the rest! OK, enough small talk, your wife's coming home and she's gonna lose it when she finds out what you were doing with your day off...
Step 2) Clear out your temp files using CCleaner.
Our second step is to clear out all the temporary files on the PC. Temporary files are essential in loading up a website. We again, like the first step, are doing this for two reasons. First, many of the viruses we get these days are from surfing the internet. This means at one time the code (virus) likely exploited some flaw in how the temporary files were downloaded to the computer. Second, we don't want to pointlessly scan anymore files than we need to! Virus scans take long enough!
Click here to download CCleaner and download the free version from Piriform link at the bottom as indicated in the image. You will have an option to run or save typically depending on the browser you are using. If you can select run, if not, save the file to a place you can easily find like your desktop and run the installer!
That was fairly painless right? Personally, while writing this tutorial I removed almost 6,000 MB of temp files! For my older readers, that's over 4,000 3.5" floppy disks! For my younger readers, that's probably about 1,500 songs! Again, it is very important that we do these first two steps because it really shortens the scan time, and we are in a pickle for time right? So, let's move onto the next step, the actual scans!
Step 3) Virus scan with Malwarebytes.
For this step I am going to assume you have mastered the process of installing an application as we did in the previous step. I will provide images with arrows for anything that may seem confusing. Let's get started: We are going to use two scanners, one more targeted at the Spyware/Malware, another, at the more dangerous virii/viruses.
Click here to download Malwarebytes and select the option at the top right to "Download Now." Once it has downloaded, run the installer and follow the instructions, accepting the end user license agreement (EULA), until you get to the final screen that has the option "Finish."
Step 4) Virus scan with Avira.
At this point you may no longer see any more evidence of the virus, great! I really want you to take it one step further and run a second scan and really make sure that everything has been removed. This second scan is with a product called "Avira" it's hands down my favorite "Free" antivirus out there.
Like step 3, I am going to start to assume you are becoming a master of downloading and installing these types of programs and will leave out steps that seem to be straight forward. Remember, the goal is to download, install, update, and run a scan with Avira, let's begin.
Click here to download Avira and select the download button on the left of the screen indicated by the arrow in the image. Once the download is complete begin the installation and follow the prompts as directed.
Did we get the virus off in time before everyone got home? Eh, if not... I'm really sorry, but hey, just remind them how much money you saved them. This same exact service costs $100-300 depending on where you go. If you really want to put the icing on the cake take a moment to run your windows updates, making sure windows is up to date is like getting a vaccine at the doctors. If you are fully patched, a lot of these viruses do not even have security holes to exploit.
Thank you for using my tutorial, I hope this has been helpful, if you have any problems or issues please feel free to leave me a comment at the bottom. I will do my very best to answer any questions you may have and I will update this tutorial as necessary to make it more comprehensive and fix any mistakes I may have made.