Remove Malware

What is Malware? How do you remove Malware from your PC, Laptop, and now, your mobile phone? A definition of Malware can be given as: 

All types of unwanted malicious software installed onto your computer device without your absolute consent.

Most home users know about viruses, and have a Computer Virus Removal (Opens New Window) program installed for protection.

However, this is just one type of Malware. Others types have exotic names like Trojan Horses, Worms and Adware. Each type has different malicious intent which is explained below.

However, from 2014 it is correct to say new Malware is written by cyber criminals to sit in the background on your device and covertly collect your data.

When you think about the explosion of social media in particular you are creating more personal data now than ever before.

Cyber Criminals can steal and sell your identity on the dark web or hold you to ransom!

Malware written to cause disruption to your machine is generally on the decline.

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Table of Contents

  1. Types of Malware
  2. Your Malware Prevention Options
  3. MalwareBytes
  4. Microsoft Removal Tool
  5. Remove Malware Final Thoughts


Types Of Malware


Different Types Of Malware
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Different Types Of Malware

  • Viruses: Written to secretly spread from one PC to another, damaging or deleting system files until your PC stops working.

  • Trojan: Written to cause damage like viruses but disguised as legitimate software. A virus replicates itself. A Trojan does not.

Fake Anti-Malware Program
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Fake Anti-Malware Program

  • Rootkits: Gives cyber criminals admin access and makes their malicious programs more difficult to discover and remove.

  • Worms: Spread by opening spam e-mail/attachments, sending everyone in your address book a variety of unacceptable messages.

  • Spyware: Secretly installed to capture your keystrokes, e.g. online bank access details, and sent to cyber criminals.

  • Crimeware: Written to replicate identity theft online, e.g. using your credit card for repeat transactions without you knowing.

  • Adware: Program that watches the web sites you visit and targets 'relevant' but unwanted adverts to your PC.

  • Ransomware: Blocks access to your device until you pay the criminal money for a code to unblock. Often you don't get the code and data is wiped your machine.

There are other types of Malicious programs in cyber space. According to McAfee there is over 70 million different active programs on the Internet at the time of writing.

With 2 million new Malicious programs written every month and billions of spam e-mails being sent every day, this is BIG business!

This form of software affects how your PC performs and makes your machine an unacceptable security risk to you and your family.

Therefore, this section looks at how to prevent Malware from getting onto your machine, and if you are unlucky, how to clean it from your machine.

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Your Malware Prevention Options

Anti Malware software looks at the different types of software written to remove nasty programs and protect your PC.

There are commercial programs, free software and web sites that remove Malware online.

A guest publication written by Ken Wilson, a Tech Guru and Security Specialist, provides tips on how to keep safe from dangerous security threats. Take a look at the best computer protection page for details.

There are also rogue Malware programs that damage your machine as discussed above. You can avoid these nasty programs with a few simple techniques. Take a look to find out more.

Free Malware removal looks at some of the popular free Malware software programs. How do you know which ones are the best? How do they match up against some of the commercial programs?

Free Malware Scan looks at other 'stealth' Malware removal tools such as the McAfee Stinger.

There are also web sites that report to remove nasty programs from your PC's. Can they be trusted? Find out here.

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MalwareBytes

Malware Bytes is arguably one of the best Malware removal programs available. Part 1 of the tutorial series Malwarebytes Download (Opens New Window) looks at how to download and install the program.

Part 2 Malwarebytes Anti Malware (Opens New Window) looks at how to use the program to the best of your advantage.

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Microsoft Removal Tool

Microsoft developed the Microsoft Malware Removal Tool (Opens New Window) to help prevent nasty programs attacking their Operating Systems.

This is a free stealth removal tool. This section looks at how to obtain and apply the malicious software removal tool which is updated by Microsoft on a monthly basis.


Microsoft Malware Removal Tool Results
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Microsoft Malware Removal Tool

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Remove Malware
Final Thoughts

Malware causes lots of problems for home users like us. However, we can minimise the risk of infection by following the good practices of a typical computer support professional.

The main thing is not to worry too much. Malicious software is avoidable most of the time, and if you do contract an infection, there are lots of tools available to help you remove it cleanly.

The security of your home devices such as your PC, Laptop, iPad or mobile phone is improved by reading through and applying the recommendations in this section.




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