I searched around and found many antivirus programs, many that claim to be free. I downloaded a few of the more reputable ones, but found that they are not really free! Some ask for a payment straight-up or allow you to scan for malware but have to pay to clean out the virus. From scanning, now at least I am certain that my hard drive is infected. But they’re ridiculously expensive, I can’t afford that. There’s got to be a way to remove a virus without antivirus software.
Before purchasing antivirus software, first use the following two methods to remove the virus from your computer, laptop, external hard drive, pen drive or USB stick.
Method 1: Remove virus antivirus using cmd
- Click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Sign in with your Administrator account and password if the system asks.
- Type: D: and hit Enter. (Replace D: with the drive letter where the virus files exist.)
- Enter: attrib
- Enter: attrib -h -r -s /s /d D:\*.* (again, replace D: with the appropriate drive letter)
- Enter: del autorun.inf If other virus file types exist on your computer, replace autorun.inf with extensions such as *.ink, *.exe, or *.vbm to delete those suspicious files respectively.
Method 2: Block the Virus from the Task Manager
- Hold down the CTRL, ALT and DEL buttons simultaneously this will launch the Windows Task Manager. Once the Task Manager launched, click on the Processes tab. Look through every single process, which is a program that is currently processing information on your computer. If you see anything that looks unfamiliar, search the file name on the web and see if it’s connected with any viruses. If you’re confident that a particular file is corrupt, click the End Process button for this file.
- Launch your System Configuration utility and click the Startup tab. This lists all the programs that automatically run once your computer is booted. Most viruses launch themselves whenever you load up your OS, so again, look for any odd or unknown programs on this list. If you see a program with a surefire red flag, delete it from this list.
- Click the Start>Computer menu and go to your hard drive utility. Delete the viral files directly from your hard drive. This may or may not delete the virus in its entirety but you can also go to the location of viral files directly from task manager.