Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174850/how-to-recover-from-a-virus-infection-3-things-you-need-to-do/
If your computer becomes infected with a virus or another piece of malware, removing the malware from your computer is only the first step. There’s more you need to do to ensure you’re secure.
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even if i get a nagging adware, which i did a few weeks ago from a fan-speed download, i'll just go to my clean image and not deal with a clean up process. avast and kaspersky make good rescue disks to scan outside windows
Just because MSE has not been doing well in tests does not mean it makes you unprotected. In fact, MSE usually does pretty well in REAL WORLD tests - not antivirus tests where norton scores really well. Avast is really annoying and heavy on resources. If you want a light AV, choose Panda, not Avast.
Unfortunately that only works if a) you don't need Microsoft's other software products (so no good in most workplaces); b) you don't play most games; and c) you don't mind messing about for ages to get the distro working. Other than that, excellent advice
avast did not work for me. With avast I had 40 malware trojans on my PC that avast did not find. SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes found and deleted the threats.
Unfortunately - in their infinite wisdom, MS does not require actual windows disks to be supplied with many inexpensive computers and laptops allowing them to save at least twenty cents by shipping the computer without this very important part of the package. Instead you are supposed to know enough about computers to make a recovery disk - which from my experience 99% of the users don't do. (did you?) Meaning that if the virus clobbered some important win file - such as the windows update - you are SOL.