We always wonder why the PC is running slower than usual? Why lots of pop-ups are rolling in even if an antivirus program is installed?
Well, there might be a virus, spyware or malware infection. Sometime hardware issues also lead the computer to work slower.
That’s why it’s good to check your computer for malware.
But before proceeding towards the steps to remove malware, first understand what actually malware is and where does it comes from?
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What is Malware?
Malware (termed for “malicious software”) is a harmful type of software used to infect a computer, phone or tablet to secretly access the device without user’s knowledge. Hackers prefer to use malware for various purpose such as extracting personal information, stealing money or obstructing users from accessing their device.
Viruses, spyware, worms, Trojan horses, adware, phishing, rootkits and ransomware are considered as malware.
From where does the malware comes?
- Malware mainly comes through internet or via email.
- It can also enter via hacked websites, game demos, anything you download over internet or from downloaded software, music file etc.
Well, from the above discussion you have got a rough idea about malware. But what signs will tell you that yours PC is malware infected? How will you detect it in your PC?
Signs that your PC is Malware infected:
- Your PC will start slow or its performance become slower than usual.
- Just as you sign in to your PC you are bombarded with pop-ups.
- Your web browser will freeze suddenly or it become unresponsive.
- You will be redirected to webpages other than the one you are trying to visit.
So, these issues will cause great hindrance while working on your PC and can steal your important data. Be cautious while using internet and never open email attachments from unknown sources.
And, if your PC is infected by malware then follow the steps below to make your Windows 10 PC malware free.
Malware removal technique for Windows 10 PC:
- Enter Safe Mode:
First, disconnect your PC from internet and remove USB devices, if any, then boot your PC in Microsoft’s Safe Mode.
Click the Start button then select Power button. Next, hold down the Shift key and click Reboot. When the menu appears, select Troubleshooting, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings. On the next window click Restart and wait for next screen to appear. A menu with numbered startup option will come; select number 4, which is Safe Mode.
If you want to connect to any online malware scanner then choose number 5, which is Safe Mode with Networking.
- Delete Temporary Files:
Before running a virus scan in Safe Mode, delete the temporary files as it will boost the virus scanning, clean up some disk space and even remove some malware. You can use the Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility. Just type Disk Cleanup in Search bar.
- Backup Data:
Backup your files, including images, videos and documents. Do not backup program files because infections like to hide there. You can recover it later if they are lost.
- Download an On-Demand Malware Scanner:
Some free on-demand malware scanners available are:
- BitDefender Free Edition
- Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
- Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool
- Disconnect the Internet and run a Scan.
- Restart your PC.
- Verify the result of anti-malware scan by running a full scan from your Antivirus software. Restart again if any infections found.
- Update your OS, Applications and Browser.
- Reset all your passwords.
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