03 Feb Cure your PC
I often work with computers that are inundated with viruses, Trojans, botnets and other harmful types of malware. They’re often so bogged down running deceptive background processes that it’s impossible to browse the web or even open your email. Even though most systems have some sort of antivirus or anti-malware, it’s still possible for malware to get onto your computer machine.
If you are seeing random pop-up ads similar to those you see below, or being constantly redirected within your browser then your computer is probably infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program.
The common symptoms include:
- You notice casual advertising banners are randomly appearing with the web pages that you are visiting.
- Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.
In this article I want to show you the way I usually get rid of it, and explain in details, step by step, so if you have basic computer knowledge and approximately one hour of time you can do it by yourself easily. Just carefully perform all the steps in the correct order. Anyway, if you feel it is a little overwhelming for you, or you have any questions or doubts at any point you can contact me by clicking the red button on the left bottom side, and I will be happy to help you to get out of it.
Step 1: Delete suspicious programs from your computer
Open control panel on your computer. Press Win+R and input “control panel”. Press Enter
Click “Uninstall program link”
Scroll down-through the list and delete any unwanted programs from your machine
If you do not see any suspicious programs or simply do not understand what is going on here just skip the step and go to the next one.
Even though it’s not necessary, it would be a good idea to backup your important files and documents, just in case. In my experience, it was never a bad habit =)
STEP 2: I use AdwCleaner to scan and remove adware programs from the computer
Click on the link https://toolslib.net/downloads/finish/1/ and MALWAREBYTES ADWCLEANER will be downloaded to your computer machine automatically. Notice that the program does not need to be installed on your computer machine. After you downloaded AdwCleaner just double-click on its icon and AdwCleaner will start scanning of your system.
When the program is open click on the SCAN button. It might take 10-30 minutes to scan your device; however, you can use it as you normally do.
To remove detected unwanted files, check all the files in the path section and click on the “CLEAN” button after the scanning process is done, as shown on the next picture
Notice, program will need to reboot the computer to complete the process. You might want to save your opened documents before press the “OK” button.
The process will take time. Wait until the machine will be rebooted and review the log file that will be opened automatically with the list of the deleted files. (Sometimes the log file is not opened automatically, in this case I just usually go to the next step.)
STEP 3: In this step we will scan and clean your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program
In previous step we scanned your machine and removed malicious files from your system using adwcleaner; however, I recommend to install one more program and to repeat the process with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. You can download it here. The trial version of the program will be downloaded automatically and will be ready to use for 14 days.
After you downloaded Malwarebytes Anti Malware to your machine, double-click on the “mb3-setup-consumer.exe” file to install the program. The installation process is simple: just follow the directions in the window and click the button finish when the installation is complete.
If Malwarebytes was not automatically started, double-click Malwarebytes icon to run the program and click the “SCAN NOW” button.
Wait while the scan status is finished
When the scan is completed you will see the screen with infections that Malwarebytes has detected. Click on the “Quarantine Sselected” button to remove the infections from your system.
To finish the removal process completely, you may be asked to restart your computer machine. As in previous step, do not forget to save and close your unsaved documents if you have them.
STEP 4: Use HitmanPro to double-check for malicious programs
This step is not necessary but very often, after all the process we performed HitmanPro can find and remove even more threats than the best antiviruses often miss. HitmanPro is designed to work with your antivirus at the same time with no issues. You have 30 days trial, but this is more than enough; in our case, we need just to double check our system. However, if you will want to continue using the program, after 30 days period, you will have to pay for it. Download HitmanPro installer with free trial.
After these steps I usually delete these programs from a computer machine but it is a really good idea to have an antivirus program on your device such as Kasperskiy or ESET NOD 32 Antivirus. If you want it to be updated automatically to receive the newest virus signature databases you have to purchase antivirus program. I have been using ESET NOD 32 since 1998, and as for me this is the best one. You can download live installer NOD 32 with Free Trial License to test this product for FREE for a limited time.