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Steps to be taken when a malware is detected on your computer

Is internet really a safer place?

Trends have transmuted drastically during the last decade. There used to be a time when adolescent generations used to relish spending time in the authentic world rather than the virtual world
But hey! Are you'll authentically secure in your world? You’d like to think the internet is the safest place to hang out, but here I will inform you there are risks associated around every corner of the internet you use. Email, convivial media, malevolent websites that have worked their way into search engine results, and ad pop-ups all can pose a threat.  Albeit you have precautions that can avert you from risk that infect your computer, sometimes you aren't fortuitous enough to bulwark yourself. But thankfully, you can do it thoroughly free, albeit abstracting malware can be a painful process. So I am here with few steps I would prefer doing. 

       Is it just a virus?      

Although there are so many kinds, “virus” is typically the term used to describe all the nasty stuff that can infect your computer. But the correct term is authentically malware, and there’s lots of it. We will be expounding you three main types of malware: viruses, trojans and worms in our later updates and we will briefly expounds what spyware and scareware are. 
Scareware, or ransomware, is simply a program that infects your computer and then prompts you to pay to get it fine-tuned. Leaving it for a while as we will be coming towards them in our upcoming updates. Lastly, there’s adware, i.e. unsolicited advertising installed on your computer.

What are the symptoms that your infected? 

Why do you require to ken how to detect symptoms – that’s what you have an antivirus program for, right? Well, that’s true – they avail for sure. There have been occasions where mine has caught something and I’ve been able to dispense it before it has been able to cause any harm. However, if an antivirus program isn’t updated with the latest definitions, it might not catch everything. Plus, it’s always better to know what to probe for, rather than depending on what a program verbally expresses.

1. Homepage and Search Engine Hijacking.

Did you wonder why your homepage, now redirects to some weird website? Or what about your default search engine now being some other search engine that you’ve never aurally perceived? These are tell-tale signs of maleficent activity on your computer.

2. You’re Redirected To A Different Site Without Warning.

Similar to the precedent one, another quandary you might run into is being taken to another website, likely malicious, when you typed in or clicked something completely different that you know hasn’t taken you there before.

3. Pop-ups.

Ah! right.... The notorious pop-ups — we all know what they are.

4. Crashes.

Although its not always related to malicious infection, but if its associated with some of whats listed here its surely a reason to worry.

5. Programs or Browser toolbars which are unfamiliar to you. 

many a times we wonder about how some unwanted toolbars present inside our browser which never existed before. 

6. Slow processing online or offline.

problems with internet connections are different issues but if your system is always running slow, doesn't matter you are online or offline better continue reading.

So what can you do if you are infected ?

There is a caliber of panic and worry that can inundate you whenever you realize that your computer has been infected – you feel vulnerably susceptible and open. However, it’s not over for your computer and all of your files that it contains.There are ten things you require to do to obliterate that virus, trojan, worm, or whatever else may be infecting your computer and renovate it to the state that it was prior to the infection.

1. Back Up Your Personal Files

Hopefully you have already been backing up your files. But still, I recommend that you copy your personal files elsewhere just to be safe. Secondly, you don’t want to back up everything on your computer, as there’s a risk that you could save some infected files along with it.

2. Disconnect From The Internet.

A virus will try to call home via your Internet connection. Disconnecting from the Internet should be one of the first things you do in order to battle any form of malware. If you’re on a desktop, simply unplugging the Ethernet cable is the most certain way. If you are on a laptop, you can disconnect by unplugging the Ethernet cable, or if you’re wirelessly connected, disabling the WiFi by a physical button on your keyboard or in the Taskbar.

3. Boot In Safe Mode Or With A Live Antivirus Rescue Disk.

By booting in Safe Mode, you’re able to prevent any non-core components from running, allowing you to isolate problems easier. To do this, restart your computer, and press and hold the F8 key while your computer starts up. The first option, “Safe Mode”, should be already selected, but if not, you can navigate to it with your arrow keys. Then press Enter. Once you’re in Safe Mode, you can continue the malware-removal process.

4. Try To Identify The Actual Malware And Search For Fixes.

Often times when malware infects your computer, it isn’t just some generic virus, but a specific kind that needs to be removed with a certain procedure. There are articles and forums all over the Web that address all kinds of malware infections. Start with a basic search based on the little information you know about the infection. For instance, if it’s in the form of a fake antivirus program, what is its name? Once you have somewhere to start, you can keep searching and gathering more information about what to do. Ideally, you’ll find instructions to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.
In case you are completely lost at this point, you can also ask Ethical Hackers Club Answers and we will point you in the right direction.

5. Scan With Multiple Programs Until No Infections Are Found

If you can’t find anything specific about the infection, don’t worry — there are a variety of tools you can use to remove infections. These tools range from antivirus to rootkit removers to anti-adware and antispyware to general antimalware programs.

6. Clean Up Temporary Files And Worthless Programs.

Once you’ve removed the nasty infections, it’s time to clean up any remaining files. The recommended program to do this is CCleaner. It’s not considered a “security program” by any means, but it can help during this process.

8. Remove System Restore Points.

12 System Restore

Although System Restore can be very helpful and has proven to help me many times, system restore points do have the potential to contain malware, so it’s recommended that you delete those to ensure that all traces of malware are removed from your computer. If you know for sure when you contracted the malware, you can remove the restore points up to that time. However, to be safe, I recommend you remove all of them.

9. Change Your Passwords.

Lastly, you should change your passwords to ensure that no information that was potentially obtained while your computer was infected can be continued to be used against you and cause even more harm.

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