How to Remove a Script Virus

By Ray Padgett

If one or more of the programs on your computer is malfunctioning, the problem could be a script virus. "Script" is a generic term for bits of programming code that control core functions of some applications. In addition to the script running behind the scenes, some programs allow users to install additional script (sometimes called "plug-ins" or "add-ons"). Malfunctioning software can be caused by a virus attacking a core script or a virus attached to a script you yourself installed, but these are easily removed with a Microsoft tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Malicious Software Removal Tool

Step 1

Run Microsoft's "Malicious Software Removal Tool." To do so, select "Run" from your PC's "Start" menu and type "MRT." This application comes pre-installed with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 computers. If a virus is preventing you from accessing the "Run" function, download a new copy of the program from the link in Resources.

Step 2

Click "Next."

Step 3

Select "Full Scan." Though this takes more time than the default "Quick Scan," it has a higher likelihood of removing a script virus.

Step 4

Click "Next." Wait for the program to finish scanning the PC.

Step 5

Follow the prompts that appear to remove any viruses or bugs that could be affecting application scripts.

Step 6

Click "Finish."

Step 7

Restart your computer.