If your computer is so infected that it won't function properly or even start up, there are a few simple tools available to help you out.

 

Mike Skyba

In my many years of computing, I have come across a few situations where my computer was too infected to really do anything. I'd start it up and then - boom! I would find a pop-up or intrusive program. Sometimes, removing the program that I thought was causing the problem didn't even work, much to my dismay.

During the first few years of my use of the Internet and browsing around, I wasn't exactly smart and aware, finding myself having to re-install my operating system repeatedly. Today, I have learned that protection is imperative, learning from my mistakes.

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However, if you happen to find yourself in a similar situation and your computer is so infected that it won't function properly or even start up, there are a few simple tools available to help you out. The first is Norton's Power Eraser*.

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Rubbing it out

This tool will help eliminate and detect malicious software that regular virus scans might not detect. So, if you find that pop-ups are trying to get you to download security software because "Your computer isn't secure", Power Eraser may be your ticket to remove those threats. If that fails, you could always consider the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool**.

Sometimes a low-level boot on your system is just what you need to get your computer up and running again. Doing so without the infestation could be a possibility. The Norton Bootable Recovery Tool allows you to get rid of these threats without actually affecting the Windows setup.

In other words, those pesky malware programs and viruses won't get a chance to infect your machine and spread. Also, Norton will be able to get rid of them for you when other attempts at cleaning your device up have failed.

You really should give it a try. It might just save you the headache of reinstalling your operating system like I have had to do so many times before. Remember: Back up your important data first.

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*As Norton Power Eraser uses aggressive methods to detect threats, there is a risk it can select very legitimate programs for removal. Review the deletions carefully before continuing. However, if you DO delete a program that you weren't trying to get rid of, you can use Power Eraser to undo your mistake.

**Requires a valid Product Key