How to Get Rid of a Monitor Virus
Computer viruses can be extremely destructive to computers in a number of ways. Viruses can slow down a computer's performance, steal user passwords and bank account information and may also disable the computer completely over time. While viruses in general can be difficult to remove, the monitor virus, otherwise known as the Internet Speed Monitor, is one of the harder ones since it is designed to reconstruct itself after its files are deleted. Getting rid of the monitor virus can be difficult but it is necessary to do so as quickly as possible.
Things You'll Need
- Antivirus software
Update your antivirus software to make sure you have the most updated and recent virus definitions. If you do not have antivirus software, you will need to get a good program.
Restart your computer and hold down F8 while it reboots to enter Safe Mode. This enables the computer to run on a minimal number of programs and should shut down most of the virus programs temporarily.
Scan your entire computer with your antivirus software and delete any hazardous files that are flagged at the end of the scan.
Use your Start menu to get to the "Run" option. Once the menu opens, type in "regedit" and click on "OK." This will open the registry editor.
Delete the file "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Internet Speed Monitor" from the registry and delete any other files with "Internet Speed Monitor" in the titles. These files may be listed as .exe, .dll, .lsp, browser hijack, toolbar and browser plugin.
Restart your computer normally and rerun your antivirus software. Delete any programs deemed malicious.