There were days when viruses were just for living creatures. But today, viruses can be also found in the world of technology. For this reason it always makes sense to check your computer/mobile phone for vulnerabilities and malware. Luckily, the Internet offers a wealth of powerful programs geared towards combating different types of malware.
Malware is a very broad term defining all types of unwanted programs and applications including annoying adware, spyware and malicious viruses. Accordingly, there are different types of malware removal tools – ‘all-in-one’ antivirus programs, spyware-detectors and adware blockers. Most of these can be downloaded and installed for personal at-home use free of charge. To get professional assistance, peace of mind and timely updates experts recommend purchasing ‘full’ packages. So, below in this post I’m going to describe different types of malware removal tools.
AVG has been in the market since 1991. It is one of the most recognized, high quality malware removal tools available for free. Although the freeware doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the paid version, it still has full support from the company and is updated on a regular basis.
As its name suggests, this program hunts down and removes more than 10,000 different types of spyware/malware that might have infected your computer. It also boasts excellent immunization capabilities which will prevent your computer from malware in future. SpyBot will work smoothly with every version of Windows, starting from Windows 95.
This freeware is very easy-to-install and use. After installation it backs up your registry, checks whether you have active Windows Recovery Console and then it starts scanning your system. When the process is completed, ComboFix generates a log file listing all the malware it detected, as well as which ones it was able to combat and which ones you have to remove manually. Although this program doesn’t look fancy and has an extremely spartan interface, it gets the job done quickly and effectively.
Ad-Aware is another anti-malware tool you can get free for personal use. Specifically, it is designed to help you get rid of the most insidious spyware that burrows deep into your computer’s core processes and is hard to detect. However, Ad-Aware’s scope of function has expanded just beyond spyware in its newer versions.
Avira is a very popular freeware that operates similarly to AVG. It provides protection against different types of malware that may target your computer. Avira is continually updated to keep its antivirus database current. The only drawback it’s their annoying pop-up that appears every now and again. The pop-up either informs you about the updates or encourages you to purchase the full version of the product. You can’t get rid of that ad.
These were the top malware removal tools, both narrowly specialized and all-in-one. While many prefer using a single program to secure their PCs and mobiles, others tend to hunt on viruses using multiple tools.