What do we do first when our PC is infected with malware or viruses for various reasons and is often unusable?
To cut the head off without complicating our lives too much, we save our data ( if we are still allowed ) and format everything.
Of course, this is a solution but we will have to re-install all our favorite programs, Microsoft updates, all the essential drivers to make our PC run at its best.
This means losing several hours if there are no impediments, sometimes even a couple of days.
With this guide I want to show you the necessary steps and the right software to safely remove all infections from your PC without formatting or anything else, here’s what we need:
- TDSS Killer (free)
- SpyHunter 5 (paid)
- ADW Cleaner (free)
- Combofix (free)
- Norton Power Eraser (free)
As you can see, almost all the necessary programs are free except Spy Hunter 5, but the purchase of this powerful software I really recommend it!
- How to remove viruses and malware with TDSSKiller
- Adware removal with MalwareBytes
- Once the viruses have been removed and your PC has restarted, start ADW Cleaner.
- How To Remove Virus With Norton Power Eraser
- Now let’s move on to Norton Power Eraser, developed by the well-known Norton.
- SpyHunter 5
- Now let’s talk about SpyHunter 5, there are two versions of this extraordinary software, a free one that only scans and checks for viruses, and a paid one that obviously also has the function of removing them.
How to remove viruses and malware with TDSSKiller
TDSS Killer is a software developed by Kaspersky, very powerful against the Tidserv, Alureon, and TDSServ rootkit viruses. Once launched, just start the scan.
At the end we will have a report, if our PC is infected we can ignore the warning on the offending file, remove it completely or put it in quarantine.
Compatible with all versions of Windows you can download the latest version of the software for free from here.
Adware removal with MalwareBytes
Once the viruses have been removed and your PC has been restarted, start ADW Cleaner
This free tool from Malwarebytes specializes in removing Adware ( software ads ), PUP / LPI ( potentially unwanted programs ), Toolbar, Hijacker.
Same procedure. Start the program, scan and select the files you want to delete, then restart your PC.
You can download the tool for free directly from here .
How to remove virus with Norton Power Eraser
Now let’s move on to Norton Power Eraser , developed by the now well-known Norton.
This software uses a more aggressive scanning technology than the traditional one.
This non-invasive program performs a very deep scan to detect the most aggressive threats to our PC.
Once done, click on the item ” search for risks “, immediately after a quick Rootkit scan the software will ask you to restart your computer.
At the end you will have the results of the scan, the elements considered dangerous will have the words “remove” or “repair”, you can download it from here .
Now let’s talk about SpyHunter 5, there are two versions of this extraordinary software, a free one that only scans and checks for viruses, and a paid one that obviously also has the function of removing them.
Developed by the famous EnigmaSoftware it is one of the best tools to remove viruses on the market.
Once the scan has started we will have to arm ourselves with a little patience because, being very thorough, we will have to wait a bit.
Now let’s move on to Combofix, developed by Bleeping Computer, this tool scans, identifies and disinfects your PC from any threat.
It removes a huge amount of malware including SurfSideKick, QooLogic, Vundo and Look2Me.
It must be said that this software does everything automatically and leaves no room for intervention by the user.
Anything it intercepts suspiciously eliminates it drastically, so it’s to be used as a last resort in desperate cases.
We tested it on various PCs and it never gave any kind of problem.
It is essential to remember to deactivate the antivirus before launching the software.
At the end of the scan, the PC will restart and we will automatically have a summary of all the activities carried out on the screen. Free tool downloadable from here.
We advise you to use all the software in chronological order and to leave Combofix as a last resort.
I hope this guide on how to remove viruses and malware from your PC has been useful to you!
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