How to Remove All Viruses & Threats From My Computer for Free

By Christina Crowe

Finding the right antivirus program that will remove all viruses and threats on your computer for free while also not slowing down your computer can be difficult if you don't know where to look. Many people end up spending a lot of money for programs that charge monthly to get rid of viruses. However, some people don't realize that there are good antivirus programs out there that will remove your viruses without charging you.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

Step 1

Choose the free antivirus you want to use in order to get rid of viruses. There are many free programs available, though some will slow down your computer. You can opt to use the free trial version of Norton Anti-Virus, though this trial will end in 30 days and then you'll be prompted to pay for the software's full version. Popular free antivirus programs that don't require monthly fees include AVG, Avast, and Avira-AntiVir. You'll be able to download each program on download.com--though you should choose only one program to download because, if you download more than one antivirus software, the programs may conflict with one another. Also, one program should be sufficient to get rid of all of the viruses on your computer.

Step 2

Download and install the antivirus program that you chose. Simply type "download.com" into your address bar and search for popular antivirus programs by making use of the search bar at the top of the page. You can also read reviews on each product. Moreover, users can rate each program. This will help you to better decide if the particular antivirus program will be good for your computer. Hit the download button and follow the instructions to install the software.

Step 3

Run a search on your computer using the free antivirus program that you downloaded. Depending on the program, you may be able to view the threats on your computer as soon as the antivirus program picks them up or after the search has completed. Search results can take anywhere from an hour to more than five hours to appear, depending on how many files you have on your computer system. It's advisable to step away from the computer for a while until the search has finished. Most of all, be patient.

Step 4

Review the results after the search has finished and quarantine or "fix" any threats on your computer by following the recommended options of the antivirus program. Unless you have a lot of viruses, getting rid of them safely should only take a few seconds. Close the program once you're done.

Step 5

Run regular antivirus scans on a weekly basis and make sure your firewall is working properly. The anti-virus program may even come with a firewall that you can use. Often times, though, the firewall that came with your computer system is sufficient. Firewalls help block intruders or suspicious programs from accessing your system, so make sure your firewall is on.