Do you need help removing the “About:Blank” virus?

Has your computer been infected with the “About:Blank” virus? If you find that every time you open up your internet browser, your homepage has been changed to “About:Blank”, then the answer is yes.  Removing the “About:Blank” virus from your computer can be a tricky process, and if you’ve done a search for a solution online before you wound up here, you know that there are a lot of very in-depth methods which can get confusing quickly. Fear not, I’ve outlined a pretty simple solution below, so read on for the step by step instructions.

How to remove the “About:Blank” virus from your computer…

The “About:Blank” virus is very resilient, I’ve encountered people trying to remove it from their computers for months with no success.  The trick to removing this virus from your computer is to act quickly, as the more failed attempts at removing this virus, the deeper it will root into your computer.  Fortunately for you, the “About:Blank” virus isn’t much more than a sneaky attempt at redirecting you to 3rd party websites, or getting you to buy anti-virus softwares you don’t need, and so you don’t necessarily need to worry about the safety of your personal information, but either way – the “About:Blank” virus, just like any other virus you might encounter should be removed as quickly as possible in order to minimize any ill effects.

There are a few ways to remove the ”About:Blank” virus from your computer, but for the sake of keeping this as simple as possible for you, I’ll cover the easiest method here.

Removing the “About:Blank” virus using System Restore

Assuming your computer was setup to periodically create “Restore” points, you can use this method to revert your computer back to an earlier point in time before your computer became affected.  This method will be the simplest since it is only a few steps and doesn’t require you to do much more than click a few buttons.

Please note that by performing a system restore, you will in fact be reverting your computer back to a previous state, so any programs you’ve installed after the point you choose to restore back to will need to be re-installed.

To remove the “About:Blank” virus using System Restore:

  1. Press the Start Menu button
  2. Select “Accessories”
  3. Select “System Tools”
  4. Select “System Restore”
  5. Select “Restore my computer to an earlier time” and click “Next”
  6. Now, select a date previous to when your computer became infected with the “About:Blank” virus, and click “Next”
  7. Once you’ve started the restore process, please be patient as it may take some time to complete.  Once it has finished, your computer will restart, and you can login again as normal and resume normal activities.

If you should run into any issues when using this method, you may need to follow the same procedure, but in “Safe Mode” instead.  To run your computer in Safe Mode, you’ll need to press the ‘F8′ key while your computer is starting up, and then choose to run in safe mode.  This will run Windows with only the essential functions, in order to troubleshoot any faults.

As I said earlier, this is the most basic solution I can provide for removing the “About:Blank” virus from your computer, but since it relies on you having previously created restore points for your computer, this tutorial may not be a possible solution for you.  If this is the case, and you can not use the above method to remove the “About:Blank” virus from your computer, please contact me via the contact button on the left side of this page, and I’ll work with you on a more in-depth solution.

An important note about anti-virus protection….

While It is typically possible to recover from most computer viruses, you are obviously much better off not having to deal with them in the first place. To help protect yourself from computer viruses and malware in the future, I personally recommend using Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus software. They offer solutions for any computer setup, PC or Mac, and have always had an excellent track record of protection.  If you’d like more information about Kaspersky, you can either read my review of their Anti-Virus software, or view their anti-virus product lineup.

With that being said, it’s vitally important to understand that there is NO anti-virus software on the planet that can truly guarantee you 100% protection from viruses and bugs. Like it or not, this is a fact of life if you use a computer. Always take proper precautions when opening files or emails from people you don’t know, and if you aren’t sure what you are clicking on when browsing the internet – don’t click on it!

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- By Jim Sabellico