Have you noticed any unusual behavior on your computer? Like it’s getting slower or you’re getting a lot of pop-ups? Or your apps crashing for no apparent reason? Well, I think your PC might be infected with malware.
Even if you have your very own antivirus there is a really good chance for your PC to get infected by this pesty software. And if you ignore them you might end up losing all your data let along your hardware’s too!
So, you must get rid of them as soon as possible.
Windows 10 Malware Removal Guide - Index
- Test in Safe Mode
- Delete Temporary Files
- Fix your Web Browser
- Update System and Programs
- Remove Malware from Task Manager
- Remove Malware from Registry Editor
- Uninstall Unknown Suspicious Programs
- Remove Hidden Malware Files
What is Malware?
According to an article on MalwareFox blog, malware is nothing but corrupted or malicious code. And this code or software was solely developed for hijacking your PC. This kind of malicious software can cause serious damage let along disrupt system operations for good.
They can also hack into your personal files and data and send to other parties. Such software is mainly developed by cyber criminals to get access to your personals files or information. Malware is made to be stealthy, to trick you into believing they are clean programs.
So, it might not be your fault if your PC gets infected by them.
Though, these can be deadlier for company networks where all the PC’s are connected to each other. So, if one gets infected all the other computers will get infected too. Which will Lead to a catastrophic damage to all their securities?
So, if you are not careful enough it might be too late for you.
See Also: List of Types of Malware
What are the Signs of Infection?
According to an article on MalwareFox blog, there are numerous signs of infections. So, if you see any one of them you should get rid of it immediately. I have given some of them below:
1. Abnormal Error Messages
There could be some abnormal gibberish messages coming out of nowhere all on a sudden. It could be any anti-virus message or other apps starting automatically. These are just malware trying to trick you.
2. Extra Files on Startup
There could be several programs opening at the startup that is unknown. So, if you notice any of these then your PC is infected.
3. Emails you didn't Send
Sometimes malware tends to send files or messages through your email links to the virus. It’s another way of infecting your friend’s computer. So, if you see any messages that you didn’t send then most probably the malware has all your sign in information’s now.
4. Deactivated Anti-Virus Protection
There is some malware that targets your antivirus protection running on your computer. They firstly hack into them and disable them to turn off your security solution. So, be sure to check them for any odd behavior.
5. Web Browser went Rough
There are potential adware’s that tend to attack your browsers and hijack them. And you’ll notice them when you’ll see any other homepage or some random website popping up every now and then.
6. Incessant Crashes
When your computer gets infected with malware at some point you’ll see it crash for no apparent reason. You might also get Blue screen of death more often. And that’s a really good symptom of harboring a malware.
So, if you see any one of these happening to your PC then you should take action right away before it’s too late.
Read more about How to tell if there is a Virus on the computer?
How to Remove Malware Manually?
Let’s see what can be the best solutions you can take for this kind of damaging problem.
Test in Safe Mode
If you see any symptom of infection then you should boot your PC into Safe Mode. Safe Mode offers minimal programs. So, if your malware starts automatically at the startup this mode will prevent that.
For that follow this instruction:
- Step 1: Press the Windows Key + X and after that select Shutdown or Sign Out and then select Restart.
- Step 2: After the PC boots to the login screen you have to hold down the Shift Key while clicking on the power icon.
- Step 3: Then click the Troubleshoot >> Advanced Options >> Startup Settings >> Restart.
- Step 4: You’ll see the boot options coming on the screen. Press f5 or 5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Step 5: After starting it in Safe mode if you see that your PC is running faster than before then it’s a sign that it’s infested with malware. And that, there are several malware starting up at the beginning.
Delete Temporary Files
Once you’re in Safe mode you can do a lot of things easily. There are numerous temp files adding up to your Pc.
And this is a great place for some malware to hide their existence. Before doing anything be sure to clean up the temp files. For that follow the instructions below:
- Step 1: Go to Start menu and type Run or Press Windows Key + R. You’ll open the Run program. Once it’s open type %temp% in the search open box and then click OK.
- Step 2: It will open the Temp file. Select all the files using Ctrl + A and delete them permanently.
You would probably get rid of some malware by now.
Fix your Web Browsers
Some malware is just adware’s that hijack your browsers. They tend to display advertisements or redirect you to some unknown site. This is really annoying and can lead to more severe damage to your PC.
They change the setting of your browsers. So you have to restore them back.
- In chrome go to Settings and then click Set Pages. If you see any link to any unknown page then select that site and press the X to delete it.
- After that go to Settings again and then Appearance. After that select Show Home Button. Then click on Change and then select Use the New Tab Page and then click Ok to save all the changes.
- In Internet Explorer go to Tools >> Manage Add-ons >> Search Providers. Look for any unusual site and then click it and remove it
- If in the Home Page tab you see a different default browser then delete it and select Use new tab.
- In Firefox select Options and then Restore to Default and after that click OK to save the changes. And then again go to Options and then Search to see the default search engine. If it’s something unrecognizable site then click it and remove it.
Update the System and Programs
If by any chance there are updates available for any application or browser you should definitely update it. Because there are many malware that manifest themselves in out-of-date programs.
So updating them will bring back your control over the apps.
Remove Malware from Task Manager
There could be malware running in the background so you have to go to the Task manager to remove the processes. For that follow the instructions:
- Step 1: Firstly you need to open the Task Manager. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc key to open the Windows Task Manager.
- Step 2: After that go to the Processes tab and then look for any unknown processes that the malware is running. Once you have identified the process click on it and then click End Process button.
That should stop any malware to run in the background and causing havoc.
Remove Malware from Registry Editor
For that you need to follow these instructions:
- Step 1: You need to open the Run box. So for that press Windows Key+ R.
- Step 2: After its open type Regedit inside the Run box and then click OK.
- Step 3: You need to go through all the entries and find the files associated with the virus and then delete them at once.
Uninstall Unknown Suspicious Programs
There could be many unwanted applications installed on your PC behind your back. So, you have to uninstall them in order to get rid of them.
- Step 1: Right-click Start menu. Then go to Control Panel.
- Step 2: After that select Programs. And then, Programs and Features.
- Step 3: look for any unusual programs. Select Uninstall/Change to remove unwanted programs, one at a time.
- Step 4: Follow the instructions in the dialog boxes to uninstall the software.
This should get rid of most of the malware that has been damaging your computer for a long time.
Remove Hidden Malware Files
There is much malware that tends to hide. So, they get pretty hard to find. So, you need to detect them and delete them manually.
- Step 1: Firstly open the Folder options. For that, you have to go to the Start menu and then Control Panel. After that, go to Appearance and Personalization and you will see Folder Options there. Click it.
- Step 2: Go to the view tab and then Options.
- Step 3: You will see Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Advanced settings. Click it to enable and then click OK.
Now you will be able to see any unwanted hidden files and delete them manually.
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MalwareFox is providing 15 Days full feature trial. You can give it a try for 15 days then you can purchase its license in order to stay protected from all type of malware.
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Recover your Corrupted Files
Sometimes it just gets too late and you have nothing else but to reinstall Windows for a clean slate. So for that, you need to have a bootable CD or USB drive.
But first, you have to backup all your files. But don’t backup any programs. The malware seems to infect those more than usual. And you can always reinstall them after rebooting.
You can always use Windows Reset Option to fix all your problems and get a new raw computer to start with.
For that you need to:
- Step 1: Firstly, restart your computer when it’s booting. This will make you enter into the Automatic Repair mode.
- Step 2: After that select Troubleshoot and then Reset this PC. Next, select the option Remove everything.
- Step 3: In that, if you’re asked to insert Windows 10 installation media then insert it.
- Step 4: Then, you need to select Only the drive where Windows is installed and then Just remove my files and after that click the Reset button.
- Step 5: Just follow the steps and wait for the reset to complete.
Or just go to Settings and then Recovery and then Reset PC.
How to Stay Away from Malware?
After the Windows reset you would get back all the controls of your PC. But you have to maintain that state. So, always make sure that you have a real time antivirus program to protect from all sorts of malware.
I would recommend MalwareFox Anti-Malware as it provides a solid real time protection from all kinds of viruses. Though the full package would cost you little it’s definitely worth the money.
And be sure to be always careful of what you download and install on your PC. Stay away from any untrusted third party tool as they contain viruses that will infect instantly after you download them.