How to Remove Malware From Your Computer

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Malicious software or malware can infect a computer with different viruses and worms designed to critically damage a computer system. This software contains a code that, when introduced to your computer system, begins to corrupt Windows and its operation. If you suspect you have malware on your computer, the following steps will help do away with this troublesome pest.

Step 1

Disconnect the infested computer from all networks like the Internet. When possible, use removable software in this process to, so that any new install is clean.

Step 2

Backup any good files that you may want to save.

Step 3

Use a utility like Safe Mode to stop the malware from running. This is helpful because some malware is self-running, which is also know as auto-starting. There are free programs that can assist with this step.

Step 4

Check "My Network Places." Delete anything that you do not recognize or if the name looks suspect.

Step 5

Reboot back to Safe Mode. At this point you have taken care of the surface malware. Review again for any other errors, in addition to malware.

Step 6

Go to "add/remove" in your control panel and begin to delete adware.

Step 7

Delete all ActiveX controls, the Web browser cache, temporary files, cookies and the Web browser history.

Step 8

Empty the recycle bin for each user.

Step 9

Set up a firewall program and get it running.

Step 10

Log on to the Internet and scan the hard disk for any possible viruses.

Step 11

Reboot your system and check for anything you may have missed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Software designed for malware is helpful in this process. It can do most if not all of the work, or it can be a reinforcement to the manual process.
  • Some malware can be very evasive and invasive. Seek help immediately, if this is your case, in order to avoid damage to your computer.
  • You may find it necessary to reinstall Windows. This is the one way to ensure that the system is clean. If this is necessary, back up all documents and files that you want to save.
  • Preventive care is the best care. Invest in good anti-virus/anti-adware software, install a good firewall, and be selective about where you search online.
  • Download from reliable sources only. This will lessen the threat of malware.