Check for malware

Scan your computer for malware

scan your PC for malware
Malware (for "malicious software") is any program or file that is harmful to a computer user. Malware programs can range from being simple annoyances (pop-up advertising) to causing serious computer invasion and damage (e.g., stealing passwords and data or infecting other machines on the network).

Regardless of what form they take, each piece of Malware exploits weaknesses in your computer software to gain access for a variety of purposes.

You can install anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities on your computer that will seek and destroy the malicious programs they find on your computer Online Scanners can be very helpful using the most up-to-date version of the providers detection engine.

Below is a free Online scanner from Bitfinder®. Bitdefender QuickScan uses in-the-cloud scanning technology to detect active Malware on your system, in under a minute.

Symptoms of an infected computer with malware

To reduce your risk of downloading unwanted Malware:

bullet Your web browser’s default homepage is changed.

bullet Your computer runs slower, sluggish than usual.

bullet Your computer hangs, freezes or is unresponsive.

bullet Signs of pop-up advertisements all the time.

bullet My web browser contains components that I don't remember downloading.

bullet Your antivirus and firewall protection is unexpectedly disabled. This is another sign
----- Malware is present and is infecting your computer.

bullet Some Malware provides no uninstall option, and installs code in unexpected and hidden places like the Windows registry or modifies the operating system.

What is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

Malware worms?

Worms are malicious programs that make copies of themselves again and again on the local drive, network shares, etc. The only purpose of the worm is to reproduce itself again and again. It doesn’t harm any data/file on the computer. Unlike a virus, it does not need to attach itself to an existing program. Worms spread by exploiting vulnerabilities in operating systems. They can spread so rapidly across a network, infecting every PC in their path.

Malicious software removal tool is a type of software designed to remove prevalent malicious software. This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome.
Download this tool for free from Microsoft - Windows 8.1 64-bit.