How to Delete a Virus in Internet Explorer

By Suvro Banerji

Internet Explorer is a widely used Web browser among Microsoft operating systems. Sometimes you may receive a computer virus while browsing certain Web pages using Internet Explorer. These viruses may enter your system without your knowledge and can cause significant damage, depending on their type and risk level. If allowed to linger on your computer, a virus can crash your hard drive and cause data loss.

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and select 'Internet Options." Click on the "General" tab and hit the "Delete Files" button. Select the "Delete all offline content" check box. Hit "OK." This clears the cache (offline content) from your computer, which may be useful if one of the files in your offline content actually has the virus.

Step 3

Update Internet Explorer. Sometimes updates are crucial, because they may contain virus definitions or fixes to common viruses or bugs. Click on the "Help" tab on the top menu of IE and select "Check for Updates..." Follow the guided on-screen prompts to finish the new updates. Restart your computer.

Step 4

Uninstall and reinstall Internet Explorer if none of the above steps work. Click on the Start button and select "Control Panel." Double-click on "Add or Remove Programs." Scroll down the list of programs to find Internet Explorer. Single-click on it and hit the "Change/Remove" button to uninstall IE. Reinstall Internet Explorer by clicking on the "Download Now" button on Microsoft's website (see Resources).