How to Repair a Bad Image Error Virus

Written by jason candanedo
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A computer error called the "Bad Image" error usually indicates an infection from a computer virus. Computer infections are dangerous as they reproduce in your system and can have adverse effects, such as a sluggish system and hijacked components. To remove the bad image virus, you must run a virus scan using an antivirus program. You can download and use free antivirus programs to do this job.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
  • Avast! Free Antivirus

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    Microsoft Security Essentials

  1. 1

    Go to the Microsoft download centre (see Resources) and click "Download Now." After this, click "Save" and click "Next." Select a destination for your file.

  2. 2

    Double-click the Microsoft Security Essentials tool file to run it and begin installation. Confirm your Windows system and click "Yes." Click "Next" to agree with the product clause.

  3. 3

    Click "Validate" to validate your Windows system. The Microsoft Security Essentials tool will update. Proceed only when this is over.

  4. 4

    Click the "Home" tab and click "Full" to schedule a "Full Scan" of your entire file and program system. Click "Scan" to find the virus on your system and click "Clean Computer" to remove the virus after the scan finds it.

    Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

  1. 1

    Go to the Microsoft Download centre site (see Resources), and click "Download" and ""Run."

  2. 2

    Read the product clause and click the "I Accept" option to proceed. Click "Full Scan" for a scan of your entire file and program system, which "Quick Scan" does not do. Click "Next" to begin the scan.

  3. 3

    Click "View detailed results of the scan" to observe the detected virus. Click "Finish" to remove the virus.


  1. 1

    Go to the Avast! Download site (see Resources) and click "Download."

  2. 2

    Double-click the Avast! File to run it and click "Next" in the Avast! Antivirus Setup dialogue box. Click "Next" again and read the product clause. If you agree with it, click "I Agree" and click "Next" to continue. Choose "Typical" and click "Next."

  3. 3

    Click the "Next" button after going over the "Installation Information." Click "No" to the boot-time antivirus scheduled scan. Click "Allow" if the "Windows AntiSpyware Notice" displays. Select "Restart" and "Finish" in the "Setup Finished" screen.

  4. 4

    Press the "F8" keyboard button repeatedly as your computer is booting up to go into Safe Mode. Select the "Safe Mode" option with your keyboard arrows and press "Enter" on your keyboard.

  5. 5

    Double-click the Avast! desktop icon. When it opens, select "On" in the "Scan local hard drives" section. Click "Thorough Scan" to schedule a scan of your entire file and program system. Click "Play" to begin the scan. Click "Delete" to remove the virus.

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