How to Delete an Embedded Virus

by James Garret

Viruses embed themselves in files on a computer's hard drive. They can wreak havoc on your system -- and cause you a lot of stress. A virus may attach itself to a valuable system file that you should not delete. Fortunately, there are tools that can clean the virus from these files.

1

Download Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool. Get it free by visiting http://www.microsoft.com and searching "Malicious Software Removal Tool."

2

Restart your computer. As it loads the splash screen, hit "F8" to enter safe mode. This allows you to access Windows and run the anti-virus software without the virus interfering.

3

Run the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Click "Start" and then "Run." Type "MRT" into the command field. Select "Next" when the software starts.

4

Choose "Full Scan" on the software prompt screen. This initiates a scan to locate those viruses that are harder to find. Click "Next" and follow the prompts to remove viruses that have been discovered. Click "Finish."

5

Restart your computer. Do not press any keys while your computer starts. Your system is virus-free.

Tip

  • check Turn on "Windows Update" to ensure that your Microsoft products have the latest security features.

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About the Author

James Garret has been a professional freelance writer since 2005, working for mostly private clients. He also has experience working in the information technology field as a troubleshooter. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in computer science at the University of Kentucky.

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