How to Remove EXE Viruses
By Cesar Castro
Executable (EXE) files are computer viruses that are activated when the infected file or program is opened or clicked on. Executable viruses are particularly dangerous because they can disable antivirus programs, cause annoying and incessant pop-ups that can slow down computer performance, and even steal sensitive information and relay this data to an unauthorized person. Your best line of defense is a virus scan from your antivirus suite.
Download and install an antivirus program, such as Panda Cloud Antivirus, AVG Antivirus Free Edition, and Avast Free Antivirus (see Resources). Antivirus programs detect, de-activate, and remove executable computer viruses.
Check the installed programs on your computer. Executable virus programs may have an un-installation wizard that may weaken or completely remove the virus from your hard drive. Go to the "Control Panel" and select "Add/Remove Programs." You will be presented with a list of programs installed on your computer. Sift and inspect each program and remove suspicious applications or programs that you never authorized to be installed onto the computer.
Boot your computer in Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a diagnostic utility that starts the computer with only essential programs starting at start up, subsequently disabling the executable virus. Restart the computer. As soon as your computer turns on, click on the "F8" button on your keyboard. Navigate with the arrow keys and highlight "Safe Mode." Select "Enter" on your computer keyboard.
Open your antivirus program. Start a complete system scan. Allow the program to finish the virus scan. The virus scan can take a few minutes or a few hours, depending on the amount of files on your hard drive that needs to be checked for viruses.
Inspect the viruses that the antivirus program detected. Click on each virus name and select "Remove" or "Delete." The program will delete all viruses, including executable computer viruses. Restart the computer and boot normally.
Cesar Castro has been a professional writer since 2010. In that time, he's gained an aggressive understanding of online marketing. By utilizing his Bachelor of Arts in business administration, he has gained core competency in information systems and business sectors.