This situation happens quite often to any Internet user. Everything seems to work well, but suddenly our primary web browser leads us to rather suspicious website. This should be a sign of problem and there’s a possibility that our browser have been tampered by malicious codes. Web browser preferences can be altered when we unknowingly install specific programs. We could be directed to irrelevant websites that sell products and services. This will immediately disrupt our Internet experience and we can be denied entry to standard website. It should be noted that even major, popular anti-virus programs are not capable of detecting these software.
When we install a free game that’s distributed widely in the Internet, it could make plenty of alterations in our computer. Some files can be copied in Windows system directory and crucial registry entries are added. The last thing that the software does is altering the web browser’s configurations. So, when we type a phrase on the address bar to automatically search it using Google, Yahoo! or Bing, we will be directed to a new search engine. It will be loaded with various advertisements. In reality, it can be quite difficult remove these redirect malware, because they are designed to withstand such an attempt.
We won’t be able to remove the malware by simply uninstalling the original program, because separate files and registry entries are already copied into our computer. This will require us to identify files associated with the malware and remove specific registry entries. Worse, many tools that are seemingly designed to remove these malware are also loaded with additional malware. Clearly, these malicious people have set up double traps for us and people will still be infected. The best thing is to look for help in trusted computer forums and ask for details to remove the malware.
It should be noted that some of the files are loaded automatically when we turn on our PC, so it will be impossible to delete them. For this purpose, we need specific tools that automatically remove these culprits. The file removal tool allows us to specify files that we need to delete. The next step is to reboot the computer and these files will be deleted before Windows has the chance to load them. After we are confident all associated files are deleted, we could proceed with the next step. However, we should be aware that these file removal tools can permanently damage our system if we accidentally choose harmless files that are essential for core Windows operating system.
Registry is the place where malware adds various settings and configurations. They need to be removed to completely clean up our computer. Each malware requires removal of specific files and registry entries, so it is not possible to for standard antivirus tools to detect them. Things can be made even more complicated by the fact that some malware randomizes file name and registry locations. Quite obviously, our first defense is to avoid installing questionable “free” programs and games.