How to Remove a Computer Malware in Windows System?

When you use a computer, you have a chance to get infected with a computer malware. A computer malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It is a general term used to refer to various malicious or intrusive software, including computer viruses, Trojan horses, worms, ransomware, spyware, adware, rogueware, and other malicious or unwanted programs.

No matter what kind of computer malware is attacking and affecting your computer system, it’s very necessary for you to take immediate measures to get rid of it from your computer system as soon as you can to prevent further damage. This article will provide a comprehensive removal instruction to help you remove your malware infections.

How to Manually Remove a Computer Malware?

The following part contains all removal steps of computer malware. You can remove your computer malware by performing the steps in the correct order. It’s necessary for you to back up your personal file before the removal.

Step 1. Reboot the computer into Safe Mode with Networking

Step 2. End all malicious processes of the malware

Step 3. Delete registry keys of the malware in the registry

Step 4. Delete malicious files and folders of the malware in the hard drive

Step 1. Reboot the computer into Safe Mode with Networking

Boot Windows XP, 7 and Vista in Safe Mode with Networking

Immediately after you power on or restart your machine, tap the F8 key on the keyboard in 1 second intervals. After the Advanced Boot Options menu appears, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter key on the keyboard.

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Boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode with networking

It’s a little bit different to boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking, please watch the following video for details.

Step 2. End all malicious processes of the malware

2.1 Simultaneously press Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys to open Task Manager

2.2 End Process
a.For Windows XP, Vista and 7 users, please click Processes tab, find any suspicious process (usually with random characters) and click End Process button
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b. For Windows 8 users, please click Details tab, find any suspicious process (usually with random characters) and click End task button
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Step 3. Delete registry keys of the malware in the registry

3.1 Simultaneously press Windows and R keys on the keyboard to open Run
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3.2 Type regedit in the box and click OK
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3.3 Since the registry is the most important part of the Windows system, it’s very necessary to back it up before editing it. Please click File and then click Export.
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3.4 Give the file a name and save it in a safe place
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3.5 Check the following locations, find and delete all registry keys of the malware

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes[random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\[random]
HKEY_CURRENT_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Window\sCurrentVersion\Run[random]
HKEY_ CURRENT_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\[random]
HKEY_ CURRENT_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects[random]
HKEY_ CURRENT_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run[random]

Step 4. Delete malicious files and folders of the malware in the hard drive

In order to delete all malicious files and folders of the malware, we need to show all hidden files and folders in the hard drive. To show all hidden files, please

4.1 Simultaneously press Windows and R keys on the keyboard to open Run
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4.2 Type control folders in the box and press OK to open Folder Options
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4.3 After Folder Options pops up, click View tab, and then click Show hidden files, folders and drives and click OK.
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4.4 Delete all malicious files of the malware in your computer

C:\ProgramData\[random]
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming[random]
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local[random]
C:\Windows\System[random]

Note: You should be able to remove the malware if the malware does not update its version. Since computer malware is very good at disguising as or embedding in non-malicious files, so it needs some computer expertise to find and identify its malicious files. If you still notice the malware in your system, it’s highly recommended that you consider the professional removal with this Automatic Removal Tool to remove the malware for you. Click and download this powerful Automatic Removal Tool below.

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