I get called quite often by a friend or family member to help remove a virus or malware. All viruses are quite annoying and the way to remove a virus isn’t always the same. Over time, I have been able to find a pretty solid step-by-step process for removing a virus. In my process, I perform the easiest most likely to work actions first and move on to the harder steps later. In this post, I want to share my process so that it can hopefully be of some assistance if you ever need to rid your PC of a virus or malware.
This is a question I recently got to my email account here at DomsTechBlog.com. This question makes for a great topic for a post. The simple answer is there are many things that can be making a computer run slow. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why your PC could be running slow and ways to remedy each problem.
Not Enough Memory
If your PC has less than 2GB of memory, than this is likely the cause or at least one of the causes of the slowness. Luckily, adding memory to your computer is a pretty simple thing to do. When it comes to buying the memory, I would recommend using the Crucial Memory Scanner since it will help you get the correct RAM for your PC. The RAM from Crucial is solidly made and their prices are reasonable as well. Here is a guide for installation as well.
As you use your PC more and more, it can really start to accumulate some junk. There are many things that can clutter up a computer such as registry errors, a virus, spyware, junk files, or hard drive fragmentation. This clutter can really cause your computer to run much more slowly than it should be running. In this article, we look at a few of the best free programs that you can use to help clean up your computer.
Spyware and Adware can build up on your computer over time. Spyware can cause your computer to run a bit slower. Along with the performance issues, you probably don’t want spyware on your computer for privacy reasons. Ad-Aware by Lavasoft is a free program that you can use to find and eliminate spyware, adware, and more. It works great and you will be surprised of how many issues it is able to find and fix.
I often times get asked to troubleshoot all kinds of PC problems. One of the most common problems I run into is a virus or malware problem. Sometimes, the person I am helping isn’t even sure what the problem is and it ends up that a virus is causing the problem. One of the key tools I have found in the fight against malware and virus problems is malwarebytes. There are many anti-virus/anti-malware tools and programs that you can choose from, so you might ask “Why malwarebytes?”. Well, let me tell you.