Malware Guide

Purpose & Scope of this Guide:

This guide is designed to inform you of the best ways to remove malware from your computer, and how to best protect yourself from malware in the future. Not all malware is created equal, even the best protection and most knowledgeable users will get malware eventually. There is no one way to never get malware, being online adds malware risk.

How do I know if I have malware?

There is no way to 100% know if you have malware. AV/AM aren't perfect, and clever malware can completely hide itself.

Malware is rarely the answer to an unexpected event on your computer. Malware serves a purpose on your computer, rarely is it there just to be there.

What are some signs of malware?

None of these are 100% certainties that you have malware. Malware can present itself in so many different ways, it would be impossible to list them all. Some malware can stay completely hidden from everything.

How do I find malware on my system?
What shouldn't I do when looking for malware?

Malware remediation steps

If your files are encrypted, do not follow any steps in this guide until you read this article on ransomware.

The only way to guarantee all malware is removed from your system is to do a clean install. The anti-malware tools listed below can only take their best shot at removing malware from your system. There is no guarantee that any tools, listed in this guide or not, will remove all malware from your system. AV/AM tools can only think your system doesn't have malware.

If you would like to attempt to remove malware from your system, you can run the three tools listed below.

  1. RKill
  2. Malwarebytes ADW cleaner
  3. Hitman pro
Chrome Malware

Chrome is often a vector for malware, if you are facing a stubborn infection do the following.

  1. Uninstall Chrome
  2. Rename the chrome directory in %LocalAppData%\Google\ to chrome.bak
  3. Install Chrome, do not log into chrome
  4. See if issue persists.

Once you sign in, the issue may come back. This points to a synced extension being the issue.

How to protect yourself in the future

Taking precautions and not trusting everything online is the best way to protect yourself. Some things you should be cautious about:

But, how did I get infected in the first place?

It is difficult to track down the source of infection. Most infections are permitted to run unknowingly by the user. It is recommended to keep User Account Control turned on and never give access to something you do not trust or did not open. Many other infections come via exploits in your browser or browser plug-ins on websites you visit. Always be very careful what you install. Make sure you trust the source implicitly. When downloading programs, always use the publisher’s website directly.

Revision #6
Created 13 November 2020 16:06:41 by Willzy12h
Updated 24 September 2021 14:16:54 by Ajax146