How to Remove Win32 Malware

By John Daniels

Win32 malware is malicious software that affects Microsoft Windows operating systems. Types of Win32 malware include viruses, worms, Trojans and other malicious programs. These programs corrupt or delete files, steal information, contribute to identity theft or allow hackers to remotely control a computer over the Internet. Win32 malware is detected and removed from computers running Microsoft Windows by using the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Step 1

Click the start button, select "All Programs" and then "Windows Update." Allow Windows Update to load into Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Follow the on-screen directions to check your computer for necessary Windows Updates. This process updates the operating system as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Step 3

Allow Windows Update to download and install the Updates. Close Internet Explorer.

Step 4

Click the start button, select "All Programs," "Accessories" and then the "Run" icon. Type "MRT" into the text box and click the "OK" button.

Step 5

Click the "Next" button at the bottom of the window that appears. Select "Full Scan" from the options that appear and then click the "Next" button at the bottom of the window.

Step 6

Allow the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool to scan your storage drives for Win32 malware and other threats. The scan takes several minutes to over an hour to complete.

Step 7

Follow the on-screen directions to remove any detected Win32 malware. Click the "Finish" button to close the removal tool.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most anti-virus programs offer real-time protection against Win32 malware and other malicious threats. For the best results these programs should be updated and used regularly.