Monday, March 21, 2011

How Do I Get Rid of Malware?

“What is Malware and why does it wreck havoc on my machine?”  It is malicious software that infiltrates your computer without your consent.  Why?  Because it can!  It can be part of a prank or an intricate scheme to extort money.  Malware can spy on all your Internet movements or extract information to steal your identity.  The fact that it does this secretly should send chills up and down your spine.  It is like a stranger hiding in your closet!

This infliction comes in many ways of deception.  It may show up in the form of a virus, worm or a Trojan horse.  Malware may be spyware, crimeware or the more innocent, adware.  If it shows up in the form of a rootkit, you have major problems.  I will spend more time discussing each one in future blog posts.

For now, the question remains, “what can I do to get rid of malware?”  Retailers will tell you to leave your computer with them and they will take care of it.  Of course, they will charge you a minimum of $169.99!  This may be a convenience for you.  If so, let the ‘professionals’ do it for you.

If you cannot afford the money right now then begin here.  Click on the link to download Malwarebytes, the best and simplest free malware removal tool in the business.

Once there, avoid the ‘Recommeded Downloads.’  These are advertisements that I do not recommend.  Click on the ‘Download Now’ and follow the prompts.  Once installed on your computer you can scan your C drive for Malware.

The first time you scan your computer I recommend the ‘full scan.’  This may take an hour or more depending on the size of your C drive.  Once completed, the total number of ‘malicious critters’ become ready for disposal.  On badly infected computers, the ones that crawl, I have seen over 200 infectious bytes of malware.

Here is the kicker.  The retailer that you give $169.99 to clean your machine of malware, uses this same program.  That's right, they use this same free program.

If you use this program and get good results, please share your results.  How many ‘malware bytes’ did the program find and did it improve the performance of your machine?

Tomorrow, more about what kinds of malware secretly hides in your computer.

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a gullible person, a sucker; someone easily taken advantage of, the target of a scam.

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