Even though we take all sorts of safety precautions, sometimes our PCs are faced with a virus or malware attack. Do not panic. By following the steps given here, you can remove any Malware that is affecting your PC.
Step 1: Diagnosis
First of all, you need to know whether your PC is infected or not. For that, you can look out for some basic signs:
- Your PC has become unusually slow while booting up
- You are often redirected to different web pages while using your browser
- Your browser starts freezing randomly.
- You are bombarded with a myriad of popup messages.
- When you open Windows Task Manager, you see a lot of unrecognized programs running.
If your PC is showing the mentioned symptoms, then you are most likely under a malware attack.
Step 2: Backup
If you have a recent backup copy, then well and good. If not, immediately disconnect the internet and perform a backup of all the important files that you have. DO NOT backup your program files. The malware and viruses usually hide amongst your program files.
Step 3: Finding the Malware
Once you have your backup ready, it’s time to find the malware. There are various approaches you can use. It is best you try to use them one by one till you find the problem.
- Reboot the PC and go into safe mode. Delete all the temporary files and do a virus scan. If you are lucky, you may find the culprit using this method.
- You can use an online malware scanner. Do not use the antivirus software that is already installed in your PC. Chances are, it is already compromised or hijacked by the malware. So, we recommend you use an online malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes, BitDefender Free Edition, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool to scan your PC. Since these scanners are web based applications, the malware present in the system cannot infect them and prevent them from scanning. For best results, use any of the mentioned applications, reboot, and again scan using a different scanner.
- Another method is using Malware-bytes . Download the program from a different PC and transfer it to the infected PC. Install the software and do a Threat scan. It will locate all the malware present in your system. After the scan is complete, remove all the detected malware.
However, you may find that your scanner disappears after starting to scan. This can mean that your PC is infected with a rootkit. In such a scenario, you are better off re-installing windows or getting professional help.
Step 4: The Aftermath
After you have removed the malware(s) from your system, there is one more thing you need to do – Re-install all your web browsers. Many malware tend to modify your web browsers in order to enable them to re-infect your PC again. So, uninstall them at once and re-install them.
It is recommended that you again scan your PC using Malware bytes after restarting the system. This will ensure that no other malware are present.
Prevention is better than cure
In order to prevent a future attack on your PC, make sure you have a good real time antivirus installed. We recommend you use AVG Antivirus to keep your PC safe and malware free. .