Malware is malicious software that can break into your digital devices secretly, giving cyber attackers access to your data and causing damage to your devices or networks. It has become a growing threat to our digital world. It is commonly recognized as “virus”, however, a virus is only one types of malware, troll down to get to know more about it.
Here is a step by step guide for you to get rid of the malware.
1. Disconnect your computer from the internet
The first thing you need to do is to stop the malware spreading without the internet connection.
This also prevents your personal data to keep transferring to cyber attackers.
2. Enter safe mode
Only minimum required programs and services are load in the safe mode. If any malware is set to load automatically when Windows starts, entering this mode can prevent it from loading.
For Windows system:
2. Sign-in, hold down the Shift key and select Power → Restart.
3. After your PC restarts, choose “Choose an option” , When the full-screen menu appears,select: Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings.
4. Click the Restart button and wait for the next screen to appear.
5. With numbered startup options. Select number 4 or F4 which is the safe mode.
3. Delete your temporary files
Delete all unessential temporary files from your computer. With Windows 10 just type Disk Cleanup in the search bar or after pressing the Start button and select the tool that appears named Disk Cleanup. Or right-clicking on a Windows drive, such as C:/ or D:/ – > Properties -> Disk Cleanup.
4. Download and run a malware scanner
IF you have already got a scanner, try to use another one for this malware. As the one you had may not detect the malware initially, in case it makes all the works you have done in vein. Reconnect your network and download one. We recommend using an on-demand scanner first and then following up with a full scan by your real-time antivirus program. Among the high-quality scanners, the available ones are BitDefender Free Edition, Malwarebytes, Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool and SuperAntiSpyware.
5. Reset your web browser and clear data/cache
Malware may have changed your settings in your web browser to infect your computer again. Reset your web browser settings.
6. An extra layer to your online security- VPN
A VPN(Virtual Private Network) is equipped with strong encryption tech to protect your privacy and personal data. By creating an encrypted tunnel to cover up your IP address and online traffic, it is a fantastic tool to help you stay hidden online without being “watched” by attackers.