Not everyone knows how to get rid of a virus from a Dell laptop so Digi Helpdesk is going to walk through it with this easy-to-follow guide.
Viruses are becoming more common as more people use the internet and scammers are often out to catch those unsuspecting people who are not familiar with the web.
The process of being scammed online can vary from something as simple as opening an email attachment or through hacking.
There are a number of different ways that a virus can affect your computer and that will affect how you need to tackle it.
Let’s take a look at how to remove annoying and dangerous viruses.
Identifying the problem and the damage caused
There are many different types of viruses that can get into your computer in a variety of ways.
It is important that you find out what the virus has done to your computer as it could have extremely damaging consequences.
The virus could have deleted many of your important files and some even have the potential to steal personal data such as bank details from your device.
Downloading antivirus software such as Avast is the easiest way to check the damage that has been done, it can be downloaded here for free.
How to get rid of the virus on your Dell laptop in four easy steps
All Dell laptops come with a trial version of the popular antivirus software McAfee security.
- Click “Start” then go to “All programs” and click on “McAfee Security Centre” to open the antivirus software.
- Click “Virus Scan Console” and “Yes” in the pop-up window that should follow.
- Right-click “Full scan” then left click “Start” and this should begin a scan that will last a few minutes.
- When finished, close software, restart your computer and go through the process again to make sure your computer is clean.
The software will take care of the viruses, removing them from your laptop for good.
If your trial version of McAfee has expired you can either purchase a package or use free software such as Avast.
How to avoid viruses in the future
The best thing you can to do to prevent viruses is by installing antivirus software, we highly recommend Avast, however, there are many options available on the market.
Make sure you keep the software up-to-date and run regular scans to see if anything has slipped by.
If you receive an email from an unknown source, do not open any attachments until they’ve either been scanned or you’re one hundred per cent sure you know what they are.
Remember to avoid using open WiFi connections and always use multiple strong passwords across all your accounts.