Malware and spyware continue to be a big problem for PC users, with new iterations surfacing every day. Fortunately, programs such as Spybot Search & Destroy, ComboFix and Malware Bytes are constantly updating their cloud-based software to rid PC’s of whatever that latest pesky iteration is. For the purposes of simplicity, this article will show PC users running Windows Vista or newer how to rid their computer of vicious malware using the Malware Bytes free online software. Let’s pretend you’ve got a nasty malware infection that’s causing you big problems. Here’s what to do.
Go to your start menu and click “shut down.”
Once the computer has fully shut down, power it back on manually. When the first image appears on screen (perhaps the manufacturer’s company logo), repeatedly hit the F8 key to prompt a screen with various start options. Select “safe mode with networking.” This means the computer will be running using only basic devices and drivers that are unlikely to be affected by the malware while also giving you access to the internet.
Once the computer has restarted in safe mode, open your browser of choice (I prefer Google Chrome) and go to www.malwarebytes.com. Select “free download.” (The major difference between the free version and the premium version is that the latter offers real-time monitoring.)
You will be taken to another page showing the differences between the free and premium version.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “free download.” An executable file folder will open at the bottom of the screen.
.) Click the executable file folder to bring up a dialogue box in the center of the screen asking you what you want to do with the file. Click “run.” If the computer asks you to confirm that you started the program, click “continue.”
Choose your desired language from the drop down box and click “OK.”
When the setup box appears, click “next” to take you to the license agreement. Select “I accept the agreement” and click “next” again.
The following box will list information on the software. Click “next” again. This will bring up a box allowing you to select where you want to save the software. The default is typically the “program files” folder on the C drive. However, you can select an alternate location if you like by clicking the “browse” button on the right. Once you have chosen where you want the software saved, click “next.”
You will then be prompted to select a start menu folder. Again, you have the option to browse different program folders, but the easiest choice is to simply go with the default and click “next.”
You will be given the option to create a desktop icon so that the software is easy for you to locate and access in the future. Click the box next to “create a desktop icon,” then click “next.”
The next box asks you if you wish to install the software. Click “install.” The software will now begin installing the program files on your computer.
In part 2 of this article, we’ll look at how to remove malware once the program is finished installing.
~ Mark Heidelberger