How to Remove Malware from Your Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC

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This tutorial will show you step by step how to remove malware from your Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC in a few different ways by using free malware removal tools.

But first:

Malware short for "malicious software", is software designed to damage or disrupt a system, steal information (spy on you), block access to your data or system, or destroy data.

Malware is a broad term used to describe many different types of malicious programs, such as computer virus, spyware, ransomware, rootkit, trojan horse, worm, etc.

If your PC gets infected with malware it can cause all kinds of symptoms, such as:

And now:

How to Get Rid of Malware on Your Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC

Important Tips!

Recommended Solution

If your PC is infected with malware (computer virus, spyware, rootkit, trojan horse, worm, etc.), and you want to be 100% sure that your system will be clean, then the best solution is to reinstall Windows or restore a system image backup that's 100% clean.

Why?

Well, if your antivirus software detected malware, then you will never know for sure if that's the only piece of malware that has infected your system.

Malware can dig itself deeper into your system and hide, so that it can't be detected by your antivirus software, and it can also let other malware in.

Now:

I know that many people don't want to reinstall Windows or don't have a system image backup, so that's why I will show you step by step how to remove malware from your infected Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC in a few different ways by using a few free malware removal tools.

Step 1: Delete Temporary Files

Deleting your temporary files can speed up the scanning process and also free up disk space.

You don't need to install any extra software, because Windows has a built-in tool called "Disk Cleanup".

1. Open Windows Disk Cleanup.

Three ways to open this tool:

2. Select the Windows drive (when asked for and if not already selected).

(C:) is the default installation location for Windows.

3. Click on "OK".

The tool will now calculate how much disk space you will be able to free on your system drive.

4. Select the type of files you want to delete. I always select everything.

5. Click on "OK".

6. Click on "Delete Files".

This may take a while. The time it takes depends on how many files need to be deleted. When it's finished the tool will close by itself.

Step 2: Full System Scan with Your Antivirus Software

Look:

Your antivirus program may missed the malware that has infected your PC the first time.

But:

Antivirus companies update their virus definitions hourly, daily or weekly, so it's possible that the malware that has infected your PC has been added in the last update.

First update your antivirus software and then run a full system scan with the program.

Step 3: Kaspersky TDSSKiller

Kaspersky TDSSKiller detects and removes rootkits:

You can download the latest official version of Kaspersky TDSSKiller here.

1. Start TDSSKiller.

2. Accept the "End User License Agreement".

3. Accept the "KSN Statement".

4. Click on "Change parameters".

5. Select "Detect TDLFS file system".

6. Click on "OK".

7. Click on "Start scan".

TDSSKiller will now scan computer for rootkits. This process can take up to 30 seconds.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

8. If malware is detected, then click on "Continue" to remove the malware.

Step 4: Malwarebytes

You can download Malwarebytes here.

When you install Malwarebytes it will automatically enable a two week trial version of the premium version, but if you don't want the two week trial, then you can easily disable it in the settings.

Enable "Scan for rootkits"

You will only have to change the following setting once.

1. Start Malwarebytes.

2. Click on "Settings" (located at the left side).

3. Click on "Protection" (located at the top).

4. Go to "Scan Options".

5. Turn on "Scan for rootkits".

enable scan for rootkits in malwarebytes

Scan for Malware

1. Open Malwarebytes.

2. Click on "Scan Now".

Malwarebytes will now scan computer for malware. This process can take up to 15 minutes.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

3. If malware is detected, then click on "Remove Selected" to remove the malware.

Malwarebytes may ask you to restart your PC.

Step 5: Zemana Antimalware

You can download Zemana Antimalware here.

1. Start Zemana Antimalware.

2. Click on the "Scan" button.

Zemana will now scan computer for malware. This process can take up to 10 minutes.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

3. If malware is detected, then click on the "Next" button to remove the malware.

Step 6: Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

You can download Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool here.

1. Start Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool.

2. Accept the "End User License Agreement".

3. Click on "Change parameters".

4. Select (check) "System drive" and click on "OK".

5. Click on "Start scan".

Kaspersky will now scan computer for malware. This process can take up to 40 minutes.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

6. If malware is detected, then click on "Continue" to remove the malware.

Step 7: ESET Online Scanner

You can download ESET Online Scanner here.

Click on "SCAN NOW" to download this tool.

1. Start ESET Online Scanner.

2. Accept the "Terms of Use".

3. Choose between:

4. Click on "Scan".

ESET will now scan computer for malware. This process can take up to 40 minutes.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

5. If malware is detected, then choose one of the following options:

6. Now you will have the following (optional) option: "Delete application's data on close".

7. Click on "Finish".

Step 8: Emsisoft Emergency Kit

You can download Emsisoft Emergency Kit here.

1. Open Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

2. Click on "Malware Scan".

Emsisoft may ask you to detect potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Emsisoft will now scan computer for malware. This process can take up to 15 minutes.

When the scan is completed it will show you the results of the scan.

3. If malware is detected, then choose one of the following options to remove the malware:

How to Start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking"

If you are having problems installing and/or opening second opinion malware scanners, then start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking" and try again.

Booting into "Safe Mode with Networking" will only load the minimum required programs and services.

This mode may also prevent certain Malware from loading automatically when Windows starts.

This could help to remove certain Malware easier, since it's not running and active.

How to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking" in Windows XP, Vista & 7

1. Start your PC and keep tapping on the F8 key repeatedly until a menu appears.

2. When the "Advanced Boot Options" menu appears, select "Safe Mode with Networking".

3. Press Enter.

How to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking" in Windows 8 & 8.1

Method 1

1. Start your PC and keep tapping on the F8 key repeatedly until a menu appears.

2. When the "Advanced Boot Options" menu appears, select "Safe Mode with Networking".

3. Press Enter.

Method 2

1. Click on the Start menu button.

2. Click on the power button.

3. Hold the Shift key down while clicking on "Restart".

4. When the options menu appears, click on "Troubleshoot".

5. Click on "Advanced options".

6. Click on "Startup Settings".

7. Click on "Restart" to restart your PC.

8. When the Startup settings menu appears, press the 5 key of your keyboard for "Safe Mode with Networking".

How to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking" in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start menu button.

2. Click on the power button.

3. Hold the Shift key down while clicking on "Restart".

4. When the options menu appears, click on "Troubleshoot".

5. Click on "Advanced options".

6. Click on "Startup Settings".

7. Click on "Restart" to restart your PC.

8. When the Startup settings menu appears, press the 5 key of your keyboard for "Safe Mode with Networking".

That's it. I hope your Windows PC is clean now.

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