Computers are increasingly a daily part of our lives, and that’s just the way things are going.
We use computers (of all types, there’s even a computer inside your car) every single day, for a multitude of purposes:
- Want to shop? You can buy pretty much anything you can think of on the internet (some digging may even uncover some sale, promo or coupon to help make the purchase much more attractive).
- Want to organize and streamline your business? Financial and productivity suites will be able to assist you with that.
- Want to sit back and relax? Video and music on demand will help you while away the time.
And if you have a problem with any of the applications you are running, you can simply uninstall, look for a similar app and try that one out instead!
Of course, computers are subject to the same failings of other electronic components like hardware failure or ageing, with some added ones: software incompatibility, incorrect drivers installed, slowdown and the scariest one of all for most PC users: malware.
Now, it must be said that most malware that affects a regular user’s computer is not really that catastrophic. Most of the time it is going to slow down your PC and cause other performance problems, but you will not be losing important files or the computer itself to them.
This doesn’t change the fact that these programs are annoying and should, in an ideal world, not exist. But it means that at least most of the time you will be inconvenienced by the programs’ presence in your machine.
Don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security though. While the chances of a regular person’s computer getting a catastrophic form of malware are greatly reduced by having good programs protecting it, it is still entirely possible that the hackers find a way to circumvent this protection. It is also entirely within the realm of possibility that the user will be responsible for letting the malware in as well.
- Remember: always have a trustworthy antivirus, firewall and malware removal tool installed.
Those three will save you a ton of headaches.
On this article, we will centre on the malware removal tools. As is the case with antiviruses and firewalls, it all comes down to personal preference; look for a program that catches your eye, do some research and stick with the one you like best. Here’s some of the best out there:
- Safebytes Anti-Malware. There is a catalogue of compelling reasons why Safebytes should be considered a must download for anyone wanting to protect their computer from viruses and malware. The Safebytes software provides a feature-packed foundation for virus and malware protection, and the most acclaimed database of viruses anywhere in the industry. The SafeBytes program is incredibly easy and intuitive to use, and runs very quietly in the background providing full virus and malware protection for your PC, while not impeding the everyday running of your computer. It is a powerful yet light weight and easy to use anti-virus and anti-malware solution.
- Malwabytes Anti-Malware. This one consistently performs really well in all sorts of tests (even scoring 100% in one of them). Malwarebytes is not as lightweight as our previous entry, but it does have a robust engine that can handle cleaning some very difficult to kill malware. The free version is as good at removing malware as the paid version as well, but with considerably less features.
- BitDefender. One of the paid applications, BitDefender has a good track record of identifying, isolating and removing all sorts of malware. Bitdefender’s products include (depending on price paid) Centralized management for devices, Wi-Fi Security Advisor, single-touch security which completely automates protection settings and the like, privacy protection across platforms, parental advisor software anda nti-theft and data protection tools.
- HijackThis. This one may be only for the more advanced users, since improper use of the program can lead to really messing your system up. This tool doesn’t actually remove any of the offending files, it simply generates a log file detailing all of the applications or files on your machine that might have been tampered with. The user looks at this log and decides what needs to be removed. You can find communities online where you can post the entirety of this log file and someone willing to help you will go over it and tell you what to do. Alternatively you can visit the website hijackthis.de. This website is a HijackThis log reader that is constantly updated. In order to use it simply paste the contents of the resulting log onto the text field, click on analyse and the page will scan the file for relevant entries, turning up a lot of information on the malware infecting your machine and how to remove it.
Also, keep in mind that anti-malware does not necessarily mean antivirus as well, so don’t just decide on one of the programs in this list and call it a day. Look for a good antivirus as well.
Finally, while an antivirus is essential for having a healthy and fast PC, there are also other things you can do in order to ensure that your computer is always in tip-top shape, one of them being installing and running Safebytes TotalSystemCare program. Total System Care will:
- Speed up your PC by performing a scan for errors and invalid keys that are known to cause problems and lengthen the time it takes for it to boot up.
- Clean your registry to correct errors in the windows registry that are known to slow down performance.
- Prevent errors from occurring by going deep and fixing a wide range of critical Windows and software errors, thus preventing computer crashes and other unwanted behaviours.
And in case you run into any trouble at all Safebytes, TotalSystemCare also has a dedicated team of customer support representatives ready to clear up any and all doubts you may have, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
This allows any user to rest easy knowing that their PCs are optimized to keep running perfectly day in and day out!