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Malware Equals Malicious Software. How to Remove Malware Quick and Easy.

What is malware? Malware is malicious software designed to compromise systems and resources. Infected files are called malware.

What is malware exactly? Malware is short for malicious software, Malware is everywhere and there is no getting away from it. It comes in many forms; via email, ads, pop-ups, websites and It is designed to harm or secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. There are two ways to deal with Malware; proactive and reactive. Being proactive means there needs to be an Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware program installed on your system. The AV program needs to be updated consistently in order for it to work most efficiently. Also, daily or weekly scans should be scheduled to ensure your systems are infection free. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free Anti-Virus program that I use on one of my systems and it works very well. It actively scans files that are being accessed in real-time, and if it finds a questionable file, the file is either quarantined or deleted immediately depending on the configuration. AVG free is also another free Anti-Virus program out there. From my experience AVG Free has found infected files that Microsoft Security Essentials did not and vice versa.  If your system is already infected then we need to go the reactive route. The next program is called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and it is a great program to handle malware reactively. The problem that most people run into is that once your system is infected (most malware disables system functions) you are unable to use your system normally. If this is the case and you cannot download Malwarebytes, then you need to log off your system and log back in. Once you log back in and before any startup items have a chance to load press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, this will launch task manager. This is important because Task Manager needs to be loaded before the malware has a chance to start. Once you have Task Manager open, click on the CPU bar and the processes will be listed by CPU usage. End the process that looks the most suspicious. You can find a list of legit and malicious windows processes on any search engine. Once you end the process that is causing the issues, you will be able to download Malwarebytes from your internet browser. After you download the program, you will need to update the signature file. Next, you will need to perform a quick scan of your system, after the quick scan I always perform a full scan. Malwarebytes will generate a detailed report after the scans are finished. You can have Malwarebytes quarantine or remove the files. I manually delete the files based on what is in the report. Once all the files are deleted, I run one more full scan with Malwarebytes and a full scan with my Anti-Virus program. (On this system, I use Microsoft Security Essentials.) Some of this may be redundant, but viruses and malware are very redundant. They install themselves in very obscure places at times and often reinstall themselves moments after removal. Worst case scenario is a full system rebuild. This is the best answer if you have the time and or money to do it. I would say system rebuilds happen more often than not. From my experience once your PC is infected, it will never run the same again, even after you removed all the infected files. There still may be some damage done. The free ones work well, but so do the suites you have to pay for. I have seen the same results from the free programs and they are comparable to the Anti-Virus suites that charge an arm and a leg. Ultimately the answer is to proactively secure your system with a good Anti-Virus program, software or hardware firewall, an anti-spyware/malware program and above all use common sense while on the internet.

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