Anti virus software cannot run on my Laptop

I think a got a virus on my Laptop and I cannot load any anti-virus software to try to get rid of it. Now what can I do?

Have you got a Micro Center or computer store nearby? There are several options and it depends on what Hard Drive (HD) you have and Host PC you have but you have many options. I will explain a few below.

The way to do this is to connect you laptop HD to another laptop or desktop PC that does not have a virus and then “clean it” with any anti-virus program, I prefer Norton, Trend Micro or E-Set.

SATA HD comes as SATA, SATA II and SATA III. SATA II and SATA III are usually backward compatible but they sacrifice speed for compatibly. (SATA stands for “Serial ATA”. It is the standard hardware interface for connecting hard disks and CD/DVD drives to the computer. SATA was introduced in 2001, and nearly all computers manufactured since 2002 use SATA drives.)

But what if you are not a computer tech? No problem!

Apricorn sells a 2.5″ SATA to USB 3.0 Cable. It is a super fast USB 3.0 connection to ANY 2.5 SATA notebook hard drive or SSD (solid state drive). You can also find other choices for SATA II and SATA but they get harder to find as time goes on. But this is about the easiest way that I know!

Can I make my own Laptop HD to USD connector?

Yes! You can also get “creative” and save money. Make your own as I did. Take a mini external USB HD and open it up. You remove its HD and put your laptop or SATA HD into it and now you have a SATA to USB converter using its power supply and special cable. Put the original HD back when you are done. Take it where you go.

OK, I have my “homemade” HD to USB or Store bought. I am ready.

The next step is to get your laptop HD out of your laptop and connect using the HD to USB device you made/bought above.

Most new laptops come with removable hard drives. All you have to do is turn the unit over and remove the one or two screws hold the cover on, then you remove the cover. In some laptops, there is a unlocking button and the laptop just slides out. In either case, one you remove the laptop HD, you plug one end of this cable into the HD, place the HD on a flat, static free surface and then plug the USB connector into any one of your PC or Laptop’s USB ports. If your HD is USB3, it is always better to plug into a USB3 port. Check you PC or Laptop illustration sheet or book, it tells you which USB ports are USB, USB 2 USB 3.

Always remember to have your hard drive on a flat, stable and static free surface before you plug the USB part of your connector to your PC or laptop. USB supplies both power and data traffic in that same USB cable. Your Windows Vista, 7, or 8 will see the laptop HD as another drive once cable is connected.

Go ahead and use your anti-virus software to scan and repair.

When you are all done, you can put the laptop HD back into your laptop and you are back in business.

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