How to Remove Malware from Windows PC

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Malware generally refers to the computer programs that are designed to harm the legitimate users of the PC, who can be you too. Malware can be of so many forms, the most famous of all being computer viruses, but others are dangerous too, some even more so than viruses.

How to Remove Malware from Windows PC

Malware generally refers to the computer programs that are designed to harm the legitimate users of the PC, who can be you too. Malware can be of so many forms, the most famous of all being computer viruses, but others are dangerous too, some even more so than viruses.

This blog discusses all of these, but in group. You would also come to know the best way to get rid of these.

Different types of malware-

In order to understand malware and the threats they pose, it makes sense to categorize them into groups:

1. The contagious threats (Viruses and worms)

Worms and viruses spread without the user consent. They basically infect already-installed software in the PC. The only difference in viruses and worms is that the virus spreads from one PC to another when you as a user work on the infected software; worms, on the other hand, spread without user action.

2. The financial threat (Spyware and keyloggers)

Spyware and keyloggers are malware that are commonly used to do malicious tasks like phishing, identity theft, and social engineering. All these threats are aimed at stealing money from the PC owners who can be a businessman or even a bank or any other organization.

3. The masked threat (Trojans and Rootkits)

Both these malware seek to conceal attacks on the PC. Rootkit is designed in a way that it hides the fact that the PC has been infected or compromised. Rootkits allow viruses and malware to “hide in plain sight” by disguising as necessary files that your antivirus software will overlook. Trojans on the other hand are pretends to be a benign application or program and the users downloads them and end up downloading malware.

How to Remove Malware from the Windows PC

Step 1: Enter Safe Mode

Disconnect internet from the computer and then boot it in safe mode. In the safe mode, only the programs that are needed to run will be loaded. This would thus stop the malware from automatically running when the PC starts.

To run a PC in Safe Mode, just press F8 (the moment you see anything on the screen). It will bring up the advanced boot options. From there select Safe Mode and then click on Enter. If the system is running fast on Safe Mode, then it might be infected with malware. You can also take online antivirus support to get rid of the malware
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Step 2: Delete Temporary Files

After entering the PC via safe mode, delete all the temporary files from it. Deleting temporary files will free up the space in the disk and the malware that was hiding in the temp files.

If you think your PC is infected, we recommend taking online technical support to get rid of the malware.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for this post that is useful and easy to understand, Susomoy.

I am one of those who tend to overlook these basics depending solely on antivirus support - siva

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