How to remove a virus from Windows 7
What is a virus?
A virus is an unwanted program that is malicious or interferes with your computers normal operation. Characteristics of a virus are pop ups on the desktop/internet browser, internet browsers being redirected, and a slow computer. Often viruses will pretend to be programs that make your computer faster (such as "PC Optimizer Pro" and "RegClean Pro"), and instead slow your computer down.There are also viruses that pretend to be security programs, such as "Windows 7 Total Security" and "PC Security".
All software mentioned does have a free end-user non-commercial license.
What to do
An Anti-Malware/Anti-Virus Tool, such as Sophos, or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will need to be run.
We suggest that you run a program called RKill before running anti-malware. RKill is a program that attempts to stop known malware and allows anti-malware programs to run without interference.
You may Download Rkill from < HERE >
Recommended Anti-Virus/Malware Programs
1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware available < HERE >
2. Spybot available < HERE > Be sure to select the Free Edition under home users for your personal use.
3. Sophos available < HERE >
Once scans are completed and no threats are found, empty your recycle bin and install updates.