Steps to Remove Malware

How to Remove Malware

This article is a step by step guide to removing all types of malware – Rogue/Ransom Security Applications, spyware, Trojan, worms or viruses.

Simple Malware Removal

If you have just discovered that your computer system is infected by viruses or antispyware, and you can still access all your application programs, including your Internet browser, then all you need do is download a popular and advance antimalware application such as malwarebyte’s antimalware and get rid of the infections. The software is free and quite powerful and will get rid of most malware. However, to get constant and real time protection, you will need to purchase a Key to unlock this feature.

If you think the malware has some worth damaged your PC, then a better tool to use will be Reimage. This online tool can both remove all types of malware and repair damages done to your Windows operating system. Read more…

Complex Malware Removal

If you can’t gain access to the web and your browser has been hijacked, then you need to follow the guide below step by step.

Please note:

A common characteristic of rogue or ransom security applications is to prevent you from executing genuine security tools as well as stop you from downloading any application onto your PC system. The program changes you Windows operating system settings and activates the use of a proxy server access for your Local Area Network (LAN). This setting stops you from accessing the Net. A ransomware application will go even further by encrypting all your data. You can read more about how a ransomeware works here.

Steps to removal malware

Step 1- Start the PC in Safe Mode with Networking

  • You will need to start your computer system in ‘Safe mode with Networking’. This option will start the computer with only basic files and drivers, and network connections.
  • For Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, when you restart your computer, as your system is booting and giving details about your windows hardware, press or tap on the F8 key repeatedly.
  • The system will display a few advanced options that include the choice to start your system in ‘Safe Mode with Networking’.

Step 2 – Change Your LAN Setting

  • Start Internet Explorer
  • Click on the Tools menu and then at the bottom of the menu, select Internet Options.
  • Next, click the Connections tab; you will notice Local Area Network (LAN) settings – carefully click on LAN settings button.
  • Next, go to Proxy server; uncheck the box to disable ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN…’
  • Click the OK button to close this pop up screen.

Step 3 – Attempt System Restore

  • From Windows XP upwards, it is possible to restore the computer system to an earlier time. That is, a time before the rogue software was installed on the computer system. To restore your computer, do the following:
  • Through the start menu go to All programsAccessories – click System tools – then, System Restore.
  • Follow the instructions and make sure you select some time before you started having the problem. This should restore the system to a time before your computer got infected with malware.

Step 4 – Scan and Clean the PC System If step 3 works, then you need do one more important thing.

  • Since one is not absolutely certain when the rogue software was installed, you should scan your PC with Malwarebytes’ antimalware software program. The free version will scan and remove all traces of viruses from your PC.

Important Tips

You may have heard it is possible to remove malware manually by deleting system registry entries created by the malware and removing the some program files. If you aren’t very vast in the internal operations of a computer, it’s not recommended to try eliminating malware programs manually by altering registry files or deleting files. You could inadvertently remove a file that is central to the running of your operating system.

There are many testimonials of computer novices trying to modify the registry of their systems and thereby damaging their computer systems. A better option is to use genuine security software program (free or paid).

To prevent future attacks, always have a full version of security software installed on your computer system.

Further Hints

Disregarding the warning messages of the rogue/ransom program and never clicking or closing the windows can sometimes enable you to run a few programs including System Restore. This hint will helpful with future attacks.

Still Not Able to Do a Thing?

If you’re unable to succeed with the process above and if the malware program is

  • Not permitting the system to restore
  • Not allowing you to carry out any function
  • You’re not able to connect to the Web even in ‘Safe mode with Networking’

You may need a boot USB or CD to save and reboot your computer system. You may also need to download the antimalware using another computer system. It is also possible that your system files may be damaged or corrupted. In that case, you may wish to get online help from a PC repair site using Reimage tools.  While security software applications will only remove the malware, Reimage will deal with the malware and also repair damaged and corrupt files on your PC.

If you need to repair you computer, click here to go to Reimage and find out how.

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