The best way of removing malware
Has your PC been infected by a malware or spyware? If you browse the internet regularly, there is a good chance that it would happen sooner or later, no matter how secure your PC may be. So, how do you plan to remove it? There are two ways in which you can bid adieu to the malicious program. The first one is very easy, whereas the second one is a bit complicated. Here we go.
The first process is even simpler than it sounds. Download some good anti-malware software, update it to latest version and scan your PC thoroughly with it. This will get rid of the malware pretty quickly, if you are lucky. However, not everything is that easy, is it? Here also, the process may outright fail, if your PC has always been infected. Many advanced malware have the power to avoid detection if those have already infected the PC prior to the installation of the anti malware software.
What is even worse that some malware have the power to block your access to certain websites, making it impossible for you to download anti-malware software. That brings us to the second process, which, though complicated, is a more effective process.
The second process involves usage of a bootable, removable media (CD/DVD/Flash Drive) with malware remover tool installed in it for removing the malware from your PC. You will have to create the bootable disc first, of course, so if you don’t have it, create it now. Use some other PC, which is not infected. The best software for this purpose is the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. It will allow you to create a bootable CD/DVD/Flash Drive using Windows XP, stripped down to its most basic features only. However, it comes bundled with a number of security tools that will be copied into the CD as you make the bootable copy of Windows XP. You can also install the latest version of some good malware remover into it, along with a decent antivirus. Put this disc into your optical drive and boot your PC with it. Then run the antivirus and malware remover to clean your PC. This should solve the problem in most cases.
The best part about the second process is that it will work with any version of Windows that you may have installed in your PC. Right from Windows 95 all the way to Windows Vista, it’s one disc to rule them all.
Has your system ever been infected by some malware? If yes, then you would know the frustration most people face when dealing with such a situation. The worst thing about malware is that it can be tremendously difficult to remove once it has infected your PC. Most modern malware have some sort of evasion ability intelligently coded into those. These abilities allow these malware to avoid detection even when some malware remover is installed and the PC is scanned using the same.
Before you do anything else, you should take a backup of your hard disk in the form of a disk image. This will allow you to recover your files in case any critical file of the operating system gets deleted accidentally.
The most effective way of removing malware from a PC is to remove the hard disk itself, and install it in another PC as a secondary hard disk. After that, you can install and run some good malware cleaner in the primary hard disk of that PC, and scan your infected disk. You will catch the malware off-guard before it can activate any self defense mechanism, and be able to remove it without much hassle. The problem with the method is that you need considerable knowledge and skill to be able to remove the hard disk from your PC, and attach it as a secondary hard disk in the second PC using IDE cable.
However, what if you cannot remove the hard disk? You do have the alternative of booting your infected PC through the network. However, for doing so, you will need a bootable copy of Windows on a CD. Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4WIN) is a good software tool that you can use for this. Once you have created a bootable copy of Windows, do not forget to add a copy of anti-malware utility, which has been updated to the latest version. All you have to do now is insert the CD in the optical drive of another PC in the network and boot from the disc. Choose the option to enable network support when prompted.
Once you have booted the infected hard drive using the CD, run the malware removal tool on the infected drive. The tool should detect the malware, as well as any other associated files that the malware may have created in your disk. Simply instruct the removal tool to quarantine or delete the infected files, and you should be just fine.
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