How to Find and Remove Virus in Windows using Command Prompt
Viruses are the programs which any computer user doesn’t want to enter his/her PC. Though you have got some sort of anti-virus and it is capable enough to detect and remove virus from your system but sometimes even your antivirus fails to detect some sort of viruses, in that case cmd prompt may help you out and remove virus from computer.
There are some suspicious viruses like autorun.inf which initiates all the viruses in the computer and cannot be detected by your antivirus.
Follow the below steps carefully and remove viruses from computer –
These steps needs to be carefully done as a small mistake can interrupt your operation
I.) Click on “Start” button from the desktop and type in ‘ cmd ‘ in the search box or you may navigate to Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> Command Prompt.
II.) Now command prompt will open up, select the infected drive, for example if you want to select then type D: to go to D drive.
III.) Now you have to type this command without quotes ” dir/w/a “, it will show all the files including hidden files.
Now find in those files which you are not aware of and other viruses.
IV.) Usually you will find a file named Autorun.inf whic must be removed from your computer. To remove this virus, type this command ” attrib -h -r -s autorun.inf ” (without quotes) & press enter. Then type del autorun.inf & hit enter, follow the same for all drives.
Now the infected file is removed from your drives, if you found any .exe file after the search which is unknown to you then delete it as well.
How To Remove Shortcut Virus Using CMD prompt –
These viruses convert all your files in the pen drive or hard disk of your computer to shortcuts but they can be recovered. Just follow below steps to do so –
I.) Open Command Prompt.
II.) Go to your pen drive directory.
III.) Then type this command – “ del *.lnk ” (without quotes) and hit enter.
IV.) Then you have to type (without double quotes) ” attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:\*.* ” & press enter button.
How To Recover Your Files –
Winrar will help you recover your files. Follow the steps mentioned below –
I.) Open WinRAR application and navigate to the pen drive location or PC folder location.
II.) Copy the files and paste them where you want.
III.) Now format your pen drive.
So now you have got some files in your pen drive but they are empty ! This is because of the virus present in your pen drive. Follow the steps mentioned below to delete these viruses and recover your files –
* Open CMD prompt.
* Type the command – attrib -h -r -s /s /d x:\*.*
NOTE – in the above command in place of “x” type the drive alphabet which you have inserted to your computer.
* After typing the code press enter.
So these were some of the methods to find and remove virus using cmd prompt. Hope it helped you out.