Safe Mode Guide

Sometimes it’s a good idea to run things like virus and spyware scans in safe mode.

To boot your machine into safe mode, see Microsoft’s articles depending on your Windows version:

Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98
Windows 95

Once you’re in safe mode, the screen may look odd (very low resolution, colours not showing properly etc.), but you should be able to run a virus or spyware scan. With Windows 2000 and XP, you can run in “safe mode with networking” which will allow you to update virus definitions, but with 95/98/Me, you will need to update these before booting in safe mode if possible.

To exit safe mode, just reboot the machine normally.

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