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Four Tried and Tested Methods to Remove Virus from Laptop Without Antivirus

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It may sound surprising but it is possible to remove virus from laptop without antivirus. In this article, we would give you various methods on how to remove virus from laptop windows 10 without antivirus. You may choose the most appropriate option for you or try all of them until your device is free from viruses.

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Using Command Prompt

Follow the steps given below to remove the virus from your device using the Command Prompt:

  • Open the search bar on your device
  • Type ‘cmd’ to run Command Prompt
  • Choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option
  • Type the name of the drive (C, D, E, E, F, G) where you have encountered the virus
  • Type ‘attrib -s -h *.* /s /d’ once you have entered the drive and then press enter
  • This command would load all files including the hidden ones and it would clear any subfolders or directories as well
  • Rename any files that have a ‘.exe’ extension or if you have ‘autorun.inf’
  • Replace the filename with a new one
  • You can also delete it by typing ‘del filename’, for example, ‘del autorun.inf’ on the Command Prompt screen
  • Type ‘dir’ to check whether or not the suspicions file has disappeared

Using Windows Task Manager

Follow the below-given steps to remove the virus from your device using the Task Manager:

  • Open the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys
  • Click on the ‘Services’ tab
  • End any services that you find suspicious by right-clicking on them and selecting the ‘Stop’ option
  • Click on ‘File’ next and then choose the ‘Run new task’ option from the drop-down
  • Type ‘msconfig’ in the box and click on ‘OK’
  • Click on the ‘Services’ tab, uncheck all suspicious programs and click on ‘Apply’

Using Safe Mode

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Follow the steps given below to remove the virus from your device using Safe Mode:

  • To enter ‘Safe Mode’, press the Windows key and in the search bar ‘msconfig’
  • Click on the ‘Boot’ tab in the ‘System Configuration’ window
  • Check the ‘Safe boot’ option and the ‘Network’ radio button option as well if you want to use the Internet in ‘Safe Mode’
  • Click on ‘Apply’
  • Once you are in ‘Safe Mode’ perform any of the methods mentioned before

Run a check on newly installed apps and software

Many times, the system starts to malfunction after installing apps and software. The apps or software need not necessarily have the virus but it could be the add-on that they accompany.

If the same thing is happening to you, you might want to check the apps and software installed on your device. Accordingly, uninstall the suspicious app or software.

To find all the apps and software in one place:

  • Press the ‘Start’ or ‘Windows’ key
  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Click on the ‘Apps & features’ option
  • Find the unfamiliar app and click on it followed by hitting the ‘Uninstall’ button
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These are some of the ways to remove virus from laptop without antivirus. Let us know in the comments section below if none of that help and if you still need more information on how to remove virus from laptop Windows 10 without antivirus.

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