How To Remove Windows XP Malware – Faster XP 2012 – Ep. 6
- October 1, 2012
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
Malware is short for malicious software. This malicious software can come in many forms but they are most popularly known as spyware and adware. Spyware and adware differentiate themselves from your standard viruses in that their designed purpose is to collect and transmit personal user data for malicious ends.
An example of spyware may be an e-mail grabber which runs in the background of your system collecting all used and opened e-mail addresses. These e-mail addresses can then be sent to a remote service and sold on the black market to underground spammers.
An example of adware may be a internet trend collector which monitors all of your internet searches and history so that this information can be ‘mined’ and sold to underground advertising campaigns. They may even package this collector with a virus that pops up with ads correlating with your internet search history.
No matter the purpose, everyone can agree that Malware is not something individuals want on their computers, and they have gone much farther than cookies in collecting personal information. It is essential to check your system at least once a month for malware, and thankfully there are a number of free tools available to do this.
The most popular free detection tools available in the current market include, but are not limited too: Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, Adaware Anti-Spyware, Spyware Terminator, Spybot: Search and Destroy and SuperAntiSpyware Online Scanner. Two of these free tools will be used in this episode of the Faster XP 2012 series.
Spyware and adware are not limited to personal information such as internet history, address books or even bank information. These malware (or malicious software) programs are constantly running in the background using up system resources. Some of them are even packaged with viruses for phishing scams. Removal of malware is absolutely essential in the system optimization process.
About This Episode:
How To Remove Windows XP Malware:
1. Download and install the latest version ‘Malwarebytes Anti-Malware’.
2. Open ‘Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware’.
3. Select the ‘Update’ tab and choose ‘Check for Updates’.
4. If prompted to ‘Restart’ your computer, do so.
5. Select the ‘Scanner’ tab and choose ‘Perform Full Scan’.
6. Click ‘Scan’.
7. When complete, ‘Clean’ any malware it finds, if prompted to ‘Restart’, do so.
8. You may now ‘Exit’ Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.
9. Download and install the latest version of ‘SuperAntiSpyware Online Scanner’.
10. Open ‘SuperAntiSpyware Online Scanner’.
11. If not grayed out, click ‘Check for Updates’.
12. Under ‘Scan Type’ choose ‘Complete Scan’.
13. Select ‘Scan Your Computer’.
14. Check the box next to your ‘Primary Hard Drive’ and any other drive you’d like to scan.
15. Leave the other settings default and click ‘Start Complete Scan’.
16. If any threats are found, ‘Remove’ them. If prompted to ‘Restart’, do so.
Between these two Anti-Malware software packages, most malware and spyware should get caught and removed. In many cases, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware also has a reputation for finding viruses that aren’t even located by many of the most reputable antivirus software packages.
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