There is no doubt that Windows 10 is one of the most stable and secure versions of operating systems Microsoft has ever come up with. Credit goes to the development team who detects potential threats and nullify via patches and updates, on a regular basis. Having said that, there are still numerous cases of virus and malware attacks all over the world. If your computer is behaving funny lately, there is a huge chance of a malware attack. But how do you remove or nullify malware?
What Is Malware? Is It the Same as a Computer Virus?
Before we dive into malware removal methods, I would like to call your attention to the fact that a virus is a type of malware. Malware is an umbrella term for all kinds of threats to a computer. Whether it a virus or ransomware, all come under the category of Malware. So what exactly is malware?
The term malware is a short form of “malicious software”. Any software or a computer program intended to damage or cause harm to your computer comes under the category of malware. Usually, malware of programs that infiltrate your computer without your permission, or in almost all cases by tricking you into thinking that they are legitimate programs.
There have been several incidents when a user installs the malware himself/herself without having a clue about it. They only find out about it later when suddenly the files in their harddisk begin to multiply on their own or some other weird activity like processes taking too much memory than they essentially should.
There are several such signs that can indicate a user if their PC has been under malware attack. According to a report by Norton, a popular anti-virus and anti-malware program company. Malware is more damaging than people think. In 2004, malware known as MyDoom caused $38 billion worth of damage.
How to Recover Windows From Malware Infection
When it comes to malware, prevention is always better than cure. But if your Windows machine is already infected by malware, the best thing you can do is update the in-built antivirus program known as “Windows Defender” immediately. Once you update, scan the entire PC once. Most probably Windows Defender will take care of your malware problem. As I said before, no one knows better than Microsoft about the potential threats to their operating system. Not even the anti-virus companies.
If this doesn’t do the trick for you, the next step would be to purchase a standard anti-malware program from a reputed PC security company. There are several software forms out there that guarantee that their program will get rid of all the malware on your computer. Most of them also offer a money-back guarantee. Please mind that I am not promoting any particular program.
For a tech-savvy person using a Windows PC, there several other ways to modify and edit the content of the operating system to remove the malware. However, I have written this post to inform a regular Windows PC user who may or may not know a lot about malware. I hope the solutions help you keep your PC safe and secure.