Steps to Delete Malware/Viruses from Your Computer

Steps to Delete Malware/Viruses from Your Computer

Malware is a malicious code to give a computer in a dangerous situation for Windows and Mac users. But how to delete malware and viruses from the computer?

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Feb 02, 2021 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

  1. What is malware, what kind of problems they might cause, how they get on your computer
  2. Different types of malware
  3. How to delete malware from your computer
  4. Things to do after deleting malware

Part 1 What is malware, what kind of problems they might cause, how they get on your computer

Malware is a malicious code that infiltrates a computer even without the consent or knowledge of the Windows. Actually, from the word "malicious", it comes to the "mal-ware" word and there are a lot of malware types such as viruses, trojans, worms, spyware that could steal sensitive data. There are well-known methods of how the malware gets on your computer like opening bad intentioned attachments from your email, downloading some files from untrusted online sources, visiting suspicious websites. Our days, there is much well-written malware as they can attack and pass away your antivirus, especially if it is not updated. Because of the danger of malware, there is a big chance to lose your data on your computer, so we will guide you to delete malware and viruses from your computer.

Part 2 Different types of malware

Different types of malware are created for profit by using forced advertising known as adware, for taking secretly sensitive data - spyware, for spreading email scam, for money extortion such as ransomware. With so many malware existing, they are grouped in families of malware. For example, Zuten is a family of malware that steals data from online games or FakeScanti that is a rogue claiming to scan for malware, and even shows fake warnings of "malicious programs and viruses". There are several names for FakeScanti, such as AKM Antivirus, ProAV Guard Online, Windows Antivirus Pro, Your PC Protector, and other names that involved a lot of attention. Do not rely on unknown "antiviruses" with sophisticated names. One good idea is to check offers from the Windows website or authorized websites.

Another malware family is Netsky, a mass-mailing worm that targets Windows computers and infects them. The basic idea is that, after one user opens an e-mail attachment that contains a Netsky, the worm is activated and harm computer, even networks with computers.

To keep away malware from your computer, you should do regular updates for your operating system, for your antivirus, and any genuine software in use.

Part 3How to delete malware and viruses from your computer

Checking and, if it is the case, the deletion of malware must be a regular activity for any Windows user.

One free tool for checking and removing malware is Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool. It is free, easy to download and install on your computer. It can be used on computers with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and even 10. Also, the older versions such as Vista or XP are supported.

Follow the steps below to use the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool:

1. Go to Microsoft website and download the tool

2. Install the tool

Just follow the wizard steps. The easier way for the first user is just to click on "Next" and the tool will check for malware by making a Quick scan automatically. If it is the case, you will be notified there is a recommended deeper search after that.

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3. Scanning and delete malware and viruses

The utility runs in the background during the checking of malware. The time for checking the infected files is depending on the number and size of your files. However, you should wait as long as it needs because this is a very important action for your's computer safety and security. After completion of its operations, you will receive a report with malware detected and removed.

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Report after the scan:

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Part 4Things to do After Deleting Malware

    1. Adding protection to your computer to malware

Your job is not yet finished to keep the computer's security at a high level. After you deleted malware and viruses from the computer, you should update your operating system and your antivirus software. In case you don't have an antivirus tool installed, now it is the time to use a genuine antivirus tool on your computer.

  1. Scan for possible data loss due to the malware and recover the lost files with Recoverit Data Recovery

Along with the deletion of malware, it might come with some troubles also, like data loss. To be sure that your computer is in a good state, do a scan for possible data loss. If you lost data due to malware and viruses, Recoverit will recover the lost files after performing the scan. If you lost files on the computer, unfortunately, don't worry! You still have a chance to get lost data back. To recover files from the computer, you can have tried the following tool.

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