Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
This tip will assist you in removing malware and viruses from your computer for free. The main thing to remember is that spyware and viruses are two different things. A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. Malware, short for malicious software, is programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, gain unauthorized access to system resources, and other abusive behavior. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or
annoying software or program code. It is this type of program that gives you all those annoying pop-ups and will take you to web pages you don't want to go to.It's not uncommon these days for malware to blast right through a virus scanner, after all a virus scanner is looking for viruses, not malware. Below is a screenshot of an actual malware program masquerading as a virus scanner.
There are two excellent and FREE products that are very effective at removing viruses and malware when used together. The first is called Malware Bytes and it can be downloaded free from Download.com. The second is called CCleaner which will basically remove all the un-necessary cookies from your computer possibly left there by the malware program itself, It can also be downloaded at Download.com
They may not always work 100% because the malware programmers are always 1 step ahead of the anti-malware programmers and it may be the case that your computer has so many infections that it may be quicker and easier to back up your data and reinstall your operating system.
Malware Bytes Review http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol;1
Malware Bytes Download Link http://fileforum.betanews.com/download/Malwarebytes-AntiMalware/1186760019/1.
CCleaner Review http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol;1
CCleaner Download Link. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
Download both programs and run them, Malware Bytes will tell you how many infected objects found if any, it will give you the option of removing them and of course you would want to. It will require a reboot. After that I would run CCleaner to remove any cookies left by the malware / virus. You may want to run CCleaner before you reboot after the Malware Bytes scan has finished.
Malware Bytes Infections Found Screenshot
CCleaner cookie remover screenshot
NOTE: some viruses / malware won't allow you to connect to the internet, in that case you will need to download the programs from an uninfected PC that is able to connect to the internet and save them on a USB drive then take them to the infected PC and install them from the USB drive.
NOTE: You may have to run the virus scan in safe mode by pressing F8 before windows starts up and then choosing "safe mode"
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