Removal of Malware

It is common for malware to hide itself to prevent removal and detection. The only sure way to remove malware is to use a blocking and cleaning program, but there is a downside to removing malware. When removing malware you system may become damage in some way. You should also be aware that some malware scanning will produce false alarms. When you try to remove malware you should proceed with caution.

The best anti-malware programs on the market can remove most of the malware it can find. Before installing any of these programs always read thoroughly to see what it can do and what you need to be cautious in. A good program should provide backups of things you remove, so you can retrieve documents or files that should not have been removed. The downside to these programs is that it can produce false alarms, so be sure before removing anything. Another downside is that your system may break meaning that some or all of your original programs does not work. Here are some anti-malware programs for your reference:

  • Spy Sweeper - is a newer application that targets Trojans and other malware as well as spyware. It has become one of the top recommended programs. Free trial programs are available.
  • SpyRemover - is a commercial program. It is based on code from Spybot Search and Destroy.
  • PestPatrol – this was establish originally used to fight Trojan horse application, but now its targets unsolicited commercial software (spyware and adware) as well as more traditional malware like Trojans, spyware and adware. Free trial are available.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - this is an impressive one-man effort from PepiMK Software. Its large database targets a wide range of malware, including Trojans, spyware and adware.
  • LavaSoft's Ad-aware - is the original anti-spyware and anti-adware tool. It does a good job scanning for these particular pests and removing them -- better than less specialized software.
  • Both McAfee and Symantec (Norton) have started to combine anti-malware with their anti virus software. There's not much information yet on how broad the protection will be, or how quickly they'll add new targets.
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