Virus Damage: What it is & How to Remove it

Virus Security

Once your computer has been infected with a virus, it's no longer the same. After removing it with your anti-virus software, you're often left with lingering side-effects. The symptoms vary, but the bottom line is the same: Your computer doesn't work the way it used to. Your favorite programs crash frequently, your registry entries are a mess and even your wallpaper is mysteriously missing.

Why did this happen? You've already removed the virus. Shouldn't the havoc it caused go away, along with it? What about the damage caused to your system? Isn't it simply erased, along with the malware that caused it?

Technically, your computer might no longer be infected, but that doesn't mean it's error-free.

Anti-Virus Programs and Virus Damage
Anti-virus programs can only try to "heal", quarantine or delete infected files. But, anti-virus programs face a dilemma when dealing with a virus that infects your system files. Where normally they might delete or quarantine the infected file, removing it might have adverse side effects on your operating system. Yet, sometimes that's exactly what they do: delete or quarantine infected system files. This can result in your system becoming unstable! Yes, simply removing a virus can actually harm your system.

 

Invisible Virus Damage

Many Trojans and viruses do not advertise their presence on your computer. Viruses can surreptitiously infiltrate your PC, and both the files and the system will remain operable. Trojans can hide themselves in and secretly corrupt your PC - and on the face of it everything seems fine, however it is only a front.

Unfortunately, a considerable number of home users do not realize the problem and do not protect their computers.

 

Virus Damage in PC Registry

Viruses are known to actively seek out and exploit certain registry values. Reimage is able to replace entire registry hives and/or individual registry keys that are corrupted. In cases of severe registry damage - Reimage first looks into your Windows Restore for back up and if that's not available then the second option is to download and replace corrupted registry keys with clean registry keys from our repository.

 

Virus Damage in PC System Files

The catastrophic failure or dramatic slowdown of an individual computer or network can be premeditated or accidental. A virus or a Trojan may delete critical system elements, thus disabling the OS, overload the network or otherwise negatively affect the system's operability.
Fatal problems are often caused by a bug in the virus' code or principle of operation. Bugs can be found in any software product, including viruses. In addition, it's most unlikely that viruses are thoroughly tested before they are launched, a practice that is mirrored by some commercial products too.

Reimage Gets Rid of Virus Damage
Reimage uses a number of different virus engines simultaneously (such as our partner's, Avira) and a custom virus engine, developed by our R&D team. We use white lists together with black lists to better detect what should and should not reside in your operating system. This allows us to pinpoint and exterminate harmful components.
The Reimage repair automatically compares system files with the Reimage repository files. Infected files are easily pointed out and then replaced with healthy ones. Infected files locked by viruses or by your operating system will be replaced when you reboot your PC.
Reimage is the only program that has the ability to clean virus damage!

 

Anti-virus Programs and Reimage

Reimage is a complementary solution to your anti-virus software. Your anti-virus software is there to detect new threats, terminate them and constantly protect your PC while Reimage is there to heal the damage these viruses have already caused.

That's why a full system scan of your entire hard drive with a good anti-virus program is always recommended after a Reimage repair.

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