For some days you have noticed that your computer starts to tantrums presenting anomalous blocks and strange slowdowns. Most likely you have been infected with malware. With this new guide today we will explain in detail how to remove viruses from your PC without antivirus, so without installing additional programs to try to solve the problems encountered.
How to remove virus from Windows PC without antivirus
If you have a computer equipped with the Microsoft operating system, then we advise you to carry out some procedures to try to eliminate the viruses without using a special protection program.
Before starting to do any procedure, we suggest creating a restore point so as to restore Windows at the exact moment it was before doing any operation. Since we have already written and published a guide on the subject, we advise you to follow it to carry out the procedure without problems.
After creating the restore point, we recommend that you check the Task Manager panel which shows all the processes currently running on your computer.
Let’s see the steps to follow:
- Right-click on the Windows taskbar and choose Task Manager from the menu that appears. Alternatively, use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del and then select Task Manager from the screen that appears.
- At this point, if necessary, click on More details at the bottom left to expand the panel and then make sure you are on the Processes tab.
- Through the Name column, carefully monitor the processes running on your computer by searching for strange or particular names that do not remind you of any software installed on the Windows PC.
- If you have found something that does not convince you, then carry out a simple Google search for the name of the process to understand if it is a virus or a process related to a program installed on the machine.
If you have identified a file of dubious origin, then you can proceed with the scan using one of the online antivirus available at the moment in the square. We have offered you a complete list of the best solutions currently available in the guide how to remove viruses from your PC.
So, always open Task Manager as revealed earlier, identify the suspicious file under the Name column, right-click on its name and choose Open File Location from the displayed menu. The Windows tool will automatically open the folder via File Explorer where the potential infected file is present. At this point, take advantage of one of the online antivirus proposed in the tutorial to scan it.
If the resource confirms that the scanned file is a virus, then it is necessary to proceed with the removal. However, before doing so, you must deactivate the process by always taking advantage of the Task Management Processes tab.
So, to do this, always open Task Manager as shown in the previous lines, right-click on the name of the potential threat and choose End Task/End Process Tree from the proposed menu and confirm by clicking Yes. Alternatively, select the process with a left mouse click and then press the End Task button located at the bottom right.
Once this is done, you can proceed with the uninstallation. This can be done following the normal procedure. If you have a computer with Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 on board, then press the gear icon in the Start menu to access the Settings and then choose App. At this point, through the App & features section, scroll down the list until you find the software in question, click on its name and choose Uninstall twice in a row.
If, on the other hand, you have a PC with Windows 7, then type the term control panel in the Start search field and click on the item Uninstall a program under Programs. On the next screen, locate the software, select it with the left mouse button and complete the operation by pressing Uninstall.
If you are unable to remove the program using the classic procedure, you can do so through a manual method, ie act as File Explorer to Windows. So, open the path of the file from Task Manager as indicated above, select the files using the mouse and use the key combination Shift + Delete to delete them permanently. Of course, always pay attention to what you delete because you could compromise the stability of the operating system.
The last thing to do is to check if the deleted file is still present in the list of programs that start automatically when the computer is turned on. To do this, open Task Manager and this time press the Startup tab. In case there was in the list, select it and click on Disable in the lower right corner.
If you have Windows 7, instead, open an Execute window using the key combination Win + R, type the command msconfig in the appropriate field and press the Enter key on the keyboard. Once opened, click on the Startup tab, remove the check from the software and first press OK and then Restart to restart the operating system and save the changes. When you next turn it on, start Task Manager again and check if the malware was actually turned off at startup.
How to remove virus from Mac without antivirus
Even if MacOS, unlike Windows, is less a victim of viruses and malware, we advise you to check in case you find an anomaly while using your Mac.
To do this, you need to rely on the Activity Monitoring utility included in macOS. So, click on the Go menu at the top, choose Utility and then click on Activity Monitor in the window that appears. At this point, take advantage of GPU, Memory, Network and Disk tabs to check the running processes.
If you identify a suspect or behave strangely, we advise you to do a search on Google by typing the name of the detected process in the search bar. If it were a virus or malware, then you will have to disable the process by always taking advantage of Activity Monitoring.
So, click on its name, press on i and press Exit twice in a row. After that, proceed with uninstalling the program using the folder Applications on the menu Go and dragging Program in trash icon present in the dock of MacOS, or choose Move to Trash from the context menu that appears after clicking the right mouse button on its.