Magic trick! How to remove virus from laptop without antivirus

    Struggling with a virus on your Laptop and PC? Check out these easy steps to remove a virus from your laptop without any antivirus software.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:22 IST
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    Antivirus software is expensive and not everyone can afford it. But that doesn’t mean you cannot protect your laptop without antivirus. Find out how to remove virus from laptops and PCs without an antivirus. (Pixabay)
    Virus
    Antivirus software is expensive and not everyone can afford it. But that doesn’t mean you cannot protect your laptop without antivirus. Find out how to remove virus from laptops and PCs without an antivirus. (Pixabay)

    Antivirus software is not cheap. And with the need to constantly update it, the expenditure behind an antivirus never stops. So, it is not really surprising when many people do not opt for these softwares at all. But a personal computer (PC) or a laptop without antivirus software is considered an easy target for viruses. And when, eventually, a virus does strike the device, is all hope gone? Or can the user still protect the device and remove laptop virus? To put everyone's mind at ease, just know that yes, you can still remove virus from your computer even if you do not have antivirus software. So, read on to find out how to remove laptop virus.

    How to know if your laptop has virus

    Viruses can be hard to detect when they sneak into your device, but once they reach the target they wreak havoc with the programming leaving the computer virtually useless. Some classic signs include unrecognized programs launching on their own, slowing down of the device and random pop-up messages. If you have experienced any or all of these symptoms on your laptop or PC, then unfortunately, you do have a virus infestation on your device. But do not worry, follow these steps to easily remove laptop virus.

    Remove virus from Laptop without Antivirus

    The first step towards removing a virus is identifying and stopping it from further infecting your device. To do that, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and open the task manager. Then, go to ‘Processes' and check for any unfamiliar programs running. To confirm if it is a virus, search online. Once confirmed, highlight it and press ‘End Process' to stop it. Then, follow the following steps to remove it entirely.

    w to remove virus from laptop without antivirus

    Step 1:

    Boost your protection by turning on Windows Defender Firewall. It will prevent the virus from spreading further. Open Control Panel > click Windows Defender Firewall > Turn Windows Defender Firewall on. 

    Step 2:

    Use the ‘Virus & Threat Protection’ feature to remove the virus. It is an in-built Windows feature that will easily enable you to remove viruses. To do this, first go to settings and click on Update and Security. 

    Step 3:

    On the Windows Security section, click ‘Open Windows Defender Security Center’. From there, go to Virus & threat protection settings. There, you need to turn on these three options – Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, and Automatic sample submission.

    Step 4:

    Once done, go to the ‘Threat history’ in the ‘Virus & Threat protection’ menu. Click on ‘Scan now’ to scan your laptop or PC. 

    Step 5:

    Once Windows Defender has cleaned up all the viruses, restart your device and use it without any worries.

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