05 January 2016
Originally posted by Bucks
Help please you super IT literate people. My windows laptop has picked up some nasty malware bugs. I have been trying to find out which, if any, of the multitude of free malware removal software is:
(a) any good; (b) does not create more problems to replace the ones it solves; and (c) is still free at the end, i.e. does not require you to pay for an upgrade to actually remove the malware it finds.
Plenty of horror stories out there and the first one I tried, Malawarebytes, caused my PC to have startup problems. Now uninstalled and its working again, but my malware remains.
suggestions please. Thanks
Before I read the last few lines I was going to recommend Malwarebytes, as that's what I always use and it generally picks up most shit that lands on PCs. I've never known it to cause startup issues. I've also used Spybot Search and Destroy in the past and found it pretty good. You can find it here.
As Tokyo says, don't install loads and, if what you do install decides to run itself at startup, either stop it doing so (there's normally options you can change for this) or simply remove it once it's done its work. If there's an option for a free trial of the paid-for version (I know Malwarebytes does this) then untick the box.
And always ensure that the software you download is sourced directly from the maker's web site - there are many, many software download sites that try to install all manner of shit on your PC at the same time as the stuff you actually want.