Finding and Removing Malware Infecting Your Phone or Computer
Are you tired of malware? How do you deal with it? Well, if there is one thing that we cannot afford currently, it is to lose the fight against malware.
If your computer is running slower than usual and you are getting many pop-ups then your PC might have fallen victim to spyware, malware or virus even though you might already have an antivirus program installed on the PC. You don’t need to contact a tech geek across town to remove the malware. This article will show you how to dig out malware and keep your computer safe from the attack.
Malware is a short form for malevolent software that is programmed to attack and disrupt computer operations, gain access to private files or gather sensitive information. Thus, malware refers to hostile or intrusive software.
- Trojan horses
- Adware, malicious BHOs
- And questionable security ware
It is not always easy to tell if your computer has been compromised or not, because cyber criminals have upped their game and do not often reveal their code or the activities of their program on an infected computer.
How Do You Know That The Computer Is Infected?
As already mentioned, it is not always easy to know whether your PC has been compromised because cyber criminals have become smarter. Moreover, some of the problems might be caused by hardware failures. Nevertheless, here are the common characteristics of an affected computer.
- When attempting to access certain pages, you might receive an error “the page cannot be displayed”
- You notice that your web browser keeps hanging or freezing or becomes unresponsive.
- The default homepage changes
- When you try to access security related website, access is denied
- You are redirected to other websites instead of the one you intended to visit
- Lots of pop-ups become the order of the day
- The speed of your PC becomes slower than usual
- You notice some strange icons on your desktop
- Your computer suddenly restart without your command
- Inability to access the control panel, command prompt, task manager or registry editor
It is worth repeating that the ever-evolving malware has made it difficult to detect it and it is not unusual for malware to pop-up in the most unlikely places. This has prompted new malware-detection and prevention issues never seen before.
According to MRG Effitas LTD; Cyber-criminals have resorted to making customized malware that are designed to bypass well-known filters. The malware can therefore bypass even the Advanced Persistence Threat defense products.so you should not feel so safe with your products after all because most of them seem to be overrated in so far as protecting your computer system is concerned.
It has even been discovered that you can get malware from unlikely places such as e-cigarettes and ringtones from smartphones. Organizations and individuals should therefore find a way of detecting and responding to the malware attacks to avoid data loss.
Tips For Removing Malware
Try the following tips to remove malware from your computer
- Enter Safe Mode
Enter your computer on safe mode and disconnect it from the internet (to prevent the malware from spreading).in order to boot your computer in safe mode, restart the computer and repeated press the F8 key and then press the safe mode option.
- Delete Temporary Files
Now that you're in Safe Mode, you may want to run a virus scan on the system using a normal anti-virus installed on your PC. But before you do that, delete your temporary files. This will free your computer from doing extra work and speed up the process. You’ll want to use the disk cleanup utility to do this; select Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, Disk Cleanup.
- Download Malware Scanners
Your scanner will be able to remove most malware, but should you feel that the computer is still laden with malware, download malware software.
Examples Of Malware Removal Software You Can Consider
- BitDefender Free Edition
- Norman Malware Cleaner
- Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
The problem with most scanners and malware software is that most of them cannot remove 100% of the virus and malware from the computer. So sometimes you might need to use more than one.