How to Get Rid of Malware Quickly

How to Get Rid of Malware Quickly


 How do you get rid of malware quickly? Maybe you will ask people who better understand technology on how to remove malware or you will try to clean your PC yourself.

Signs that you should pay attention to are if your PC starts to slow down, often gets stuck, random pop-ups appear in the browser, or the appearance of strange applications that start operating automatically.

All the signs mentioned above indicate that your computer is infected with malware. Then what should you do now?

In this article, we will guide you through step-by-step steps to get rid of malware quickly and restore your PC to its original functional state.
Know the Malware Type

It is important for you to know the type of malware. Because to get rid of malware, you need to first know the type, behavior, and specifications of the emerging malware.

Below are the types of malware you need to know about.

Virus


Computer viruses are what most media and users mean by malware programs. Computer viruses modify other legitimate host files in such a way.

So, when the victim's file is executed, the virus is also executed. However, keep in mind that most malware programs do not include viruses.





Worm


The characteristic of a worm is its ability to self-replicate. The results of uncontrolled worm replication technology can hit almost every email user in the world, disrupt the telephone system with spam, bring down television networks, and so on.

What makes a worm so damaging is its ability to spread without user intervention.

Viruses, on the other hand, require end users to perform certain activities before they can finally try to infect files.


The Trojan
How it works Trojan is masquerading as a normal program, but contains malicious instructions. Trojans usually arrive via email or are pinned on users when they visit infected websites.

The most popular type of Trojan is a fake antivirus program that appears and claims that your PC has been infected, then instructs you to run certain programs to clean your PC.

That's where the Trojans start infecting your PC.



Hybrid

Currently, most malware is a combination of programs that carry malicious instructions, often including parts of Trojans and worms or viruses.

Usually malware programs appear as Trojans. However, once executed, it attacks other aspects through the network such as worms. Many malware programs today are considered as rootkits or hidden programs.

Basically, malware programs try to modify the underlying operating system to take primary control and hide from antimalware programs.

You can take a bot for example. Basics are basically a combination of Trojans and worms that try to make the exploited aspect part of a 'malicious operation'.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a malware program that encrypts your data and holds it hostage so that if you want to get the data back, you have to make a cryptocurrency payment.

Ransomware has attacked many companies, hospitals, police departments, and even entire cities.


Fileless Malware

Generally, malware infects a system using a file system. Whereas fileless malware, which currently comprises more than 50 percent of all malware, is malware that does not directly use the file system.

This type of malware exploits and spreads in one memory or uses "non-file" OS objects such as the registry's key, API (Application Programming Interface) or scheduled tasks.


Adware
The way adware works is to try to expose users to unwanted and potentially dangerous advertisements.

Common adware programs may redirect users' browser searches to web pages that are similar to the web they are looking for but actually contain other product promotions.



Malvertising

Actually, malvertising is a legitimate use of advertising. However, the ad network secretly sends malware to the user's computer.

For example, a cybercriminal might pay to place an ad on a website.

When a user clicks on an ad, the code in the ad directs them to a dangerous website or installs malware on their computer.


Spyware

Spyware is most often used by people who want to check other people's computer activities.

In a targeted attack, criminals can use spyware to record the victim's keystrokes and gain access to passwords or other personal data.






Now that you know the types of malware, you are now ready to take steps to get rid of malware quickly. Come on, see the way below.

1. Scan Malware Through Safe Mode

Before you do anything, you need to disconnect your PC from the internet, and don't use it until you are ready to eliminate malware from your PC. This can help prevent malware from spreading or leaking your personal data.

If you feel your PC is infected with malware, boot your PC to "Safe Mode". In this mode, only the minimum programs and services needed will be loaded.

If there is malware that is set to automatically load when Windows starts, this mode can prevent it. This allows you to delete or eliminate malware quickly.

You might find that your PC runs faster in Safe Mode. This can be a sign that your system has been infected with malware.


2. Remove Malware Using Windows Defender

Every PC running Windows has at least one application tasked with protecting the system from malware infections. This application is Windows Defender.

However, sometimes, malware can outsmart Windows Defender by hiding inside Windows while the operating system is running. To get rid of this sneaky malware, you need to set Windows Defender in offline mode.

Here are the steps you need to do to get rid of malware with the help of Windows Defender.

    1.Type the settings in the Cortana search box and click the Settings application which should be the first search result.

    2.Click the Update & Security application and then click the Windows Defender item in the navigation window.

    3.Scroll down the page until you reach the Windows Defender Offline section.

    4.Click the Scan Offline button to start the process. Keep in mind that there is no "Are You Sure?" Dialog box. after you click the button. Your PC will restart automatically. So, make sure you have saved all work and close all applications that are currently open.

Windows will indeed restart, but not directly to the operating system. Instead, Windows Defender will scan your system for malware. If malware is found, you will be asked if you want to delete it. Click the Yes option.

3. Remove Malware with Antivirus Software

Below is how to get rid of malware with antivirus software.

    -Run the scanner on request first and then follow it up with a real-time scanner that is on your PC. One of them must be able to identify the virus and delete it.
   -Another alternative is to remove the virus manually if necessary.

Remember that you can only delete viruses manually if you have experience using the Windows Registry and know how to view and delete system files and programs.


4. Remove Malware with Reinstall System

Sometimes the only way to ensure your computer is free of malware is to reinstall the operating system and your application or program completely from the start.

Before erasing the hard drive, backup all your files to an external drive. The following is how to erase your startup disk before reinstalling the operating system.

    -To Reinstall MacOS

Restart the Mac and hold down Command-R after the startup sound → Select Disk Utility → Erase.

    -To Reinstall Windows

Follow the return options set by the manufacturer. Windows provides options to save files or delete everything.

Select the Start button → Settings → Settings & Security → Recovery → Reset This PC → Get Started → Remove Everything


5. Clean Browser Cache

Try to clear your browser cache. The browser cache is a temporary storage location on your computer where data is stored, so your browser does not need to download it every time.

Follow the steps below to learn how to clear cache for Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

    Chrome (for Windows and Mac):

History → Clear Browsing Data → Time Range → All Time → Clear Data.

    Safari (for Mac):

Select Safari → Preferences → Privacy → Manage Website Data → Remove All.

    Internet Explorer (for Windows):

Select Tools → Safety → Delete Browsing History.

6. Uninstall Unknown Software

Unknown or commonly known software as PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) usually enters your computer through freeware software that has been included with this type of software installation.

This unknown software is also included in special installers on many download sites. To delete or uninstall unknown software, you can follow these steps:

    Step I: Remove the malicious software from the operating system
    Step II: Use Malwarebytes to delete unknown software
    Step III: Use the malware removal tool to scan for unknown malware and software
    Step IV: Double-check the rogue software with the antimalware tool
    Step V: Reset browser settings to their original defaults

7. Delete the Temporary File

If your PC has previously been in Safe Mode, now is the time for you to run a virus scan. However, before doing so, you must delete the temporary file first.

This can speed up virus scanning, free up disk space and even eliminate some malware.

To use the Disk Cleanup utility that comes with Windows, you can simply type Disk Cleanup in the search box or after pressing the Start button, select a tool called Disk Cleanup.




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