How to remove a virus from Windows 10. To remove a virus from Windows 10, you can follow these general steps:
Update your antivirus software: Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. This ensures that it has the latest virus definitions to detect and remove the most recent threats. Disconnect from the internet: Unplug your network cable or turn off your Wi-Fi to prevent the virus from spreading or downloading additional malware. Enter Safe Mode: Restart your computer and repeatedly press the F8 key before the Windows logo appears. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. Choose "Safe Mode" or "Safe Mode with Networking" if you need internet access. Run a full system scan: Open your antivirus software and perform a full system scan. Let the scan complete, and the antivirus program will identify and quarantine or remove any viruses it detects. Follow the instructions provided by your antivirus software. Use Windows Defender Offline: If your regular antivirus software is unable to remove the virus, you can use Windows Defender Offline. This is a built-in tool in Windows 10 that allows you to create a bootable USB or DVD to scan and remove malware. Search for "Windows Defender Offline" in the Start menu and follow the instructions to create the bootable media. Restart your computer with the media inserted and run a scan. Remove suspicious programs: After the scan, review the list of detected threats and remove any suspicious or unfamiliar programs from your computer using the built-in "Add or Remove Programs" feature in the Windows Control Panel. Reset web browsers: Viruses often tamper with web browser settings. Open your web browser's settings and restore them to their default state. This will remove any malicious extensions or unwanted changes. Update your operating system and software: Ensure that your Windows 10 operating system and all your software are up to date. Keeping your system and software patched helps protect against known vulnerabilities that malware can exploit. Enable Windows Defender or install reputable antivirus software: If you don't already have an antivirus program installed, enable Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus solution for Windows 10. Alternatively, install a reputable third-party antivirus software and keep it updated. Change passwords: If you suspect that your computer has been compromised, change your passwords for online accounts (email, social media, banking, etc.) to prevent unauthorized access.
Remember to keep your computer and software updated, be cautious when downloading files or visiting websites, and regularly back up your important data to minimize the risk of future infections.