Thursday, 23 February 2012

How to Download Free Virus Removal Software

By Gaurav Srivastava

The article describes the procedure for downloading free virus removal software to your computer. The methods described here are meant for normal to advanced users. However, we still advise you to follow them carefully to avoid facing problems. Doing so can save you a great amount of time.

There are various free online virus removal software available on the internet that allow users to easily remove virus or other such infections from their computer. You must have heard of a few of them and in fact want to download one for your computer. There is a possibility that you are unaware of the right procedure for downloading and running any such tool. Here is your free virus removal software guide that will tell you how to download as well as run such a program.

Instructions:

Since there are umpteen free online virus removal tools available online, you may first need to decide which tool to download for your computer. Once you have concluded on a tool, visit its official website and check for its latest downloadable version. You should not download the tool from a torrent website as doing so may bring a virus infection to your computer. Below we have described the procedure for downloading Anti-Malware, a free virus removal tool, from Malwarebytes. The procedure will remain the same for other tools also.

Visit Malwarebytes' official website (Malwarebytes.org). Click on the Products section and choose Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free. If you want you can watch demos of the tool. Otherwise, click on the Download Now button. It will take you to another page showing specifications like the version, product ranking, and total downloads etc. The default language of the program will be English. If you want you can change the language from the drop-down arrow. When done, click on the Download Now button to initialize downloading.

Wait for the automatic prompt to come up. It will show a dialog box displaying mbam-setup-1.60.1.1000.exe. Click on the Save File button to save the file. When done, close the browser window. Look for the mbam-setup-1.60.1.1000.exe file in My Documents or some other location and open it. By default, all the files go to the Downloads folder where these can be opened from. When prompted, hit the Run button to initialize the installation of the tool. Follow the onscreen prompts and complete the installation. When done and if prompted, reboot your computer.

Once the computer has rebooted, look for Anti-Malware's icon and open it. Highlight the Update tab and initialize updating. You must regularly update the tool and/or your antivirus software to keep viruses away from your computer. Similarly there are other tabs also like Scanner from which you can perform a full virus scan or a custom one, Quarantine, Logs, and Settings etc. You can customize your tool as desired. So, this was the complete procedure for downloading a free virus removal program. As mentioned above, all such software programs have the exact same procedure for downloading but a different one (still more or less the same) for them.

McAfee also has different free virus removal tools available on its website. These tools are virus-specific removal tools. These include McAfee Avert Stinger tool for the removal of Sasser, Bagle, Mydoom, Zafi, and Lovsan/Blaster; Bugbear Removal tool for Bugbear removal; and Klez Removal tool for Klez removal. Thus if you have any of the abovementioned virus on your computer, you can download its specific free online virus removal tool and remove the infection from your machine.
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