Fixing an infected computer is not a difficult task, you just need to utilize the right resources at the right time. Below, we are going to share a few tips that will help you to clean your infected computer. So, let’s check out some of the easy steps to clean an infected computer.
Well, we have already dealt with such a situation when our computer becomes incredibly slow. Even we have dealt with cases when installed programs respond slowly, or some of them don’t respond at all. So, if you are also experiencing such things or unexpected crashes, then there are high chances that your computer is infected.
You can also take a look at Windows Task Manager to check whether your system is using more than the standard processor, disk, or memory usage. Well, having high CPU or Disk usage while converting a video is normal, but if it’s showing high usage even on average usage, then there’s something fishy.
Now that we all have access to the internet, it’s pretty apparent for your computer to be infected. If you have been experiencing unfamiliar activities on your computer like frequent crashes, apps fail to respond, browser showing annoying ads, then there are higher chances that your PC has a problem with malware.
10 Easy Steps to Clean Your Infected Computer
However, fixing an infected computer is not a difficult task, you just need to utilize the right resources at the right time. Below, we are going to share a few tips that will help you to clean your infected computer. So, let’s check out some of the easy steps to clean an infected computer.
#1 Check For Symptoms
Before proceeding to the below methods, you need to make sure that your computer is infected or not. The BSOD error, or frequent crashes, apps not responding, etc. also occurs due to the hardware issue. So, you need to do a little digging and check for symptoms. If your computer is bombarded with pop-up messages, browsers opening different web pages, if you see new icons on the desktop, then there are higher possibilities of malware infection.
#2 Enter The Safe Mode
Well, Safe mode disables every startup apps, and it loads only the necessary things. So, if the problem also occurs in the Safe mode, then there might be some software or hardware issue. If the problem doesn’t occur in the Safe Mode, then you need to check for the installed apps and malware infection.
#3 Backup Your Important Files
Since you have an infected computer, you might need to format the partition later. So, make sure to back up your important files or folders in the USB drive. However, don’t back up the program files, as those are where infection mostly hides. Once you back up your data, follow the next step.
#4 Run A Complete Scan
Well, after backing up your most important files and folders, you need to run a complete system scan. You can use Malwarebytes to perform a full system scan because it’s leading in the security section. Malwarebytes never fails to remove hidden malware or adware. However, before using Malwarebytes, make sure to disable the Windows Defender, or it will mess up.
#5 Quarantine or Delete the infection
By default, Malwarebytes quarantine every infected file. The Quarantine feature is handy because you can instantly restore the file to your computer. Once something has been quarantined, no other programs can access that file. You can also delete the infection directly if the infected file is no longer useful to you.
#6 Remove The Adware
After using Malwarebytes, you need to install another mini tool known as AdwCleaner. Since Malwarebytes only removes the virus and malware, we need to use AdwCleaner for removing the PUPs and Adwares. Adware and PUPs are the two key players behind the new start page on your web browser. So, download & install AdwCleaner and run a full system scan.
#7 Restart Your Computer
Now that you have removed the infection restart your computer. After the restart, use your computer for a while and check whether the malware infection persists. Usually, Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner remove all malware or adware related infection, but still for confirmation, use your computer for a while.
#8 Reset All Passwords
Look, malware can capture your passwords and forward them to the creators. So, to be on the safe side, reset all passwords that you can think of including social media, websites, Youtube, Gmail, etc. After changing the password, update your operating system, browser, and applications because most of the times malware are delivered by exploits that exist on an older version of apps.
#9 Update The Operating System
It’s worth to note that most dangerous forms of malware or virus are delivered by exploits that take advantage of out of date software. So, updating the operating system would fix all existing exploits and will probably defend your computer against the latest security threats. It’s also one of the first things that users should do to remain on the safe side.
#10 Update all applications
Just like operating system, malware and viruses can also take advantage of outdated apps to reach your system. So, if you are running an updated version of the operating system, then make sure to update all apps as well. So, if there’s an update available on any of your software, go ahead and update it.
So, these are the eight easy steps to clean your infected computer. Hope this article helped you. If you have any other doubts or want to suggest something else, then make sure to talk with us in the comment box.