I am currently using an IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T410 which has Windows 7 on it.
Today, it was infected with the dreaded Windows 7 Security virus. I used the PC in the house to do a search and the only instructions I found that I actually understood were the ones that told me to type in a registration key to stop the pop-ups the virus creates and get my internet access back.
I did this, it worked, and now I have internet on my laptop again. However, the virus is still on there. The instructions were telling me to edit out my registry and things like that, but I do NOT feel comfortable messing with anything in the registry (I am not tech savvy and I don't want to delete any important files).
I have NO anti-virus software on my laptop (it belongs to my university and I am "renting" it for each semester). I know I should have it, but I vaguely recall the school warning us about not being allowed to install certain anti-virus software, blah blah blah.
When I try to download Malwarebytes, it won't let me run the file. I even tried renaming it to something innocuous and keeping the .exe when I save it, but it still won't open. I read that this virus doesn't allow you to download anti-virus programs, which is no good for me.
I could really use some help here! I'd appreciate it so much.