Malware short for malicious software comes in many forms, viruses, trojans, worms, key loggers to name just a few, it’s designed to invade your device and cause disruption or damage. It’s important to note that you should be protecting your devices from malware in all its forms. Anti-Malware software is just as essential to your computers health as anti-virus software.
If you would like to look into the different types of Malware and their effects please take a look at our Common Malware Types post.
Relying solely on your anti-virus to detect and remove malware and spyware isn’t enough. Sometimes even the best anti-virus software can miss malware. You may inadvertently click on a link you shouldn’t have and ended up infected with all sorts of malware. We would recommend using a good piece of anti-malware software to work alongside your anti-virus software as this gives your computer added protection and also gives you peace of mind.
The Best Malware Removal Tools
There are some great pieces of anti-malware software available and a lot of it is completely free, so protecting your computer doesn’t need to be costly! Confused by all the anti-malware programs out there? We’re giving you the run down on what we consider are 4 of the best malware removal tools that are currently available on the market, so you can decide which will work best for you. While a lot of these tools provide a free version it is worth noting that the full versions tend to offer real-time protection, scheduled scans and many more security features hence the price tag.
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Malware Bytes is one of the most well-known malware and spyware removal products out there and in our opinion the best malware removal tool for everyday users. It is renowned for identifying and destroying infections other programs miss. The free version is great to use for cleaning up infections once they have occurred. The full version is definitely worth investing in , providing real-time protection it detects malware and spyware before it can infect your computer. It boasts super fast scan speeds, scans all drives, detection rates are high and its detection database is regularly updated.
(Full version and Free version)
This anti-malware software is able to detect and remove spyware, adware, malware, trojans, dialers, worms, key loggers and many other threats. It is worth noting that the free version must be run manually. The Professional version gives you added features such as real-time scanning and allows you to schedule scans among other things.
With AdwCleaner you don’t need to install anything on your computer to run it. It scans and eliminates any adware, potentially unwanted programs (PUP), toolbar’s and keyboard hijackers found on your computer. It is able to scan both your file system, registry and services for malicious items that may be running.
Is a free downloadable anti-root kit from Kaspersky. TDSSKiller detects and eliminates any root kits found hidden in your computer. While other tools also do this TDSSKiller is designed specifically for the purpose.
There are other malware removal tools out there that only just missed this list but in my opinion (as a repair tech removing malware and viruses for the past 8 years) these 4 malware removal tools can remove 95% of your problems.