The Only Way to Permanently Remove Viruses, Spyware, an

28 Sep 2018 19:09

Back to list of posts] have an infection on your computer and you run an anti-spyware application. The program may not completely remove the infection, leaving it to populate on the next reboot. Even worse, the scan can trigger some malicious code and leave the computer completely unusable (e.g. locks up at the log on screen, wipes entire hard drive and partition tables). Because of these headaches and uncertainty, it is best to just skip ahead and do a format/reinstall.

5. Computer security is proactive, not reactive. The point of anti-spyware and anti-virus programs is to keep malicious software off of your computer, not to remove the infection once it starts. It is much easier to identify malicious software and keep it off of your computer than it is to remove the infection. Everybody's computer is different and there is no way to accurately provide remediation options for every single piece of malicious software. Look at it in terms of probabilities. While there may be a 50/50 chance that your anti-spyware/anti-virus program will remove the infection, there's a definite 100% chance of removing the infection by formatting your hard drive and reinstalling your operating system.

To sum it up, there is no guarantee that anti-spyware and anti-virus programs will remove an infection. The only guaranteed infection removal method is to format your hard drive and reinstall your operating system. Formatting your hard drive will remove all data from your hard drive, including any malicious software you may have acquired. On top of that, a format and reinstall usually takes less time, and can save you the headache of running a full fledged scan with multiple pieces of software.

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