Top 3 Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus or Not

It is Time You Check Your PC / Laptop for Viruses, Malware, Ransomware.

Do you have a Virus in your Computer be it Desktop or laptop? Well, that sounds like a strange question to you as if there were any Viruses you would have definitely devised a way to remove those.

But, there are some viruses running in our system that only a deep scan can find out. Though most of the antivirus work good, yet, you need to go beyond these and find out by yourself whether your system is infected or not.

Here, we’ll be talking about the top three ways to do so. It looks like it is going to be a little bit tougher to go through the process. No that is not the way. It is super-easy to do so.

This article includes steps for Windows 7, 8, and 10.

The video at the end of the post will be really helpful if you want to see the tutorial.

Signs of having Virus in Your System

The first thing you should keep in mind that not all viruses are similar, and some affect computer systems differently than others. In most cases, there are several visible warning signs to keep an eye on, like sluggish performance, odd pop-up dialogue boxes, unexpected crashes, disabled antivirus tools, a different browser homepage, or a slow internet connection, to name a few.

So these are the three ways that will help you to scan deeper into your system and find out whether there is any virus in your Windows System or not.

With Windows Task Manager

If you’re not quite ready to scan your computer with antivirus software, reviewing Windows Task Manager for unusual or odd looking processes is an excellent place to begin.

Some malware runs on startup and will attempt to disguise itself as a typically Windows process. With a quick Google search, you can quickly discern whether a process is legit, or something to investigate further.

Step – 1

The first thing is to properly restart your PC via PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Press Windows key+X, then select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

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In Windows 7, press Windows key+R, enter “cmd,” then select OK.

Step – 2

Enter the command “shutdown /r /t 0,” then press Enter.

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Step – 3

With your PC restarted, right-click the taskbar, then select Task Manager.

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Step – 4

Right-click a suspect process, then select Search online.

In Windows 7, copy the process name, then perform a manual search in your preferred web browser.

Step – 5

Your default browser will open with Bing search results for that specific process.

With Windows Defender (Windows 8 and 10)

Windows Defender was introduced with Windows 10 creator update and is the OS’ built-in anti-malware application. Available for Windows 8 and 10, Windows Defender Antivirus is a tool worth utilizing if you think your computer is infected.

Step – 1

Type “windows defender settings” into Windows search, then select Open once the results populate.

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Step – 2

Select Virus & threat protection.

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Step – 3

Select Scan options.

Step – 4

Select one of the four scanning options — Quick scan, Full scan, Custom scan, Windows Defender Offline scan — then select Scan now.

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Depending on the scan option you choose, it could take several minutes to complete. Performing an offline scan ensures your system is checked in a secure environment (similar to Safe Mode), rather than loading the full OS.

Step – 5

Once the virus scan has finished, potential threats are listed above the scan details.

Step – 6

If the scan reveals any potential threats, it’s time to remove them now.

With Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7)

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) offers real-time protection from malicious software and viruses on Windows 7. Using the same scanning engine and virus signature database as Windows Defender, MSE is a great place to begin if your PC is suffering from one or more of the warning signs previously mentioned.

Step – 1

If your system does not have MSE, you can install it by following these simple steps. Go to MSE’s download page, choose your version (32 or 64-bit) and language, then click Save File.

Step – 2

Go to your Downloads folder, right-click mseinstall.exe, then click Run as administrator.

Step – 3

Click Next when the installation wizard appears.

Step – 4

Review the Software License Terms, then click I accept.

Step – 5

Choose one of the two Customer Experience Improvement options, then click Next.

Step – 6

Select the options that apply (firewall and auto-sample submission), then click Next and Install. (Make sure you uninstall any other antivirus programs on your system before you click Install. )

If you don’t have a firewall running, it’s highly recommended to use the one included in MSE. The option to turn the firewall on or off is available after installation.

Step – 7

Click Scan my computer for potential threats after getting the latest updates, then click Finish.

Step – 8

Allow MSE to update its virus and spyware definitions. Once the virus signatures are updated, MSE will begin scanning your system. When the scan is complete, any potentially harmful files or threats will be listed.

To perform a more specific scan, select either Full or Custom in the right pane.

With Third-Party Antivirus Programs

Although Windows offers its own tools for virus and malware protection, it’s always good practice to scan your system with a variety of antivirus software since each program has its own virus signature database.

In some cases, Windows might not flag a file, while other antivirus tools will, and vice-versa. Running multiple scans with different software providers is the best way to get an accurate picture of exactly what’s going on. Fortunately, there are several free and paid antivirus tools to choose from.

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[Video Tutorial] 🔥Top 3 Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus, Malware or Not [Urdu/Hindi/English Subs]

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Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Deputy Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu (techurdu.net) Forestrypedia (forestrypedia.com), All Pak Notifications (allpaknotifications.com), Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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