Now that you have went through this initial process, the rest of the tools will be a piece of cake so I won’t bore you with the exact how-to’s. Just keep in mind that for many of the tools listed you may have to manually add a check to some of the ‘issues’ or malware they find, then click Remove (or Delete, etc.).
So here is the list, in order, of the required tools you should download and then Run as Administrator in SafeMode. Most if not all can be found on bleepingcomputer.com:
– RogueKiller (Check all tabs and select everything)
– MBAR (MalwareBytes Anti-Rootkit)
– ADWCleaner (allow it to reboot normally, then reboot into Safemode)
– JRT (always reboot normally, then reboot into safemode after it runs)
– MBAM (MalwareBytes Anti-Malware)
– ComboFix (only for XP, Vista and 7)
– WISE Registry Cleaner (Choose fix everything that it finds)
Then open a command prompt as administrator and run ‘SFC / Scannow‘.
Then run Windows Update. Install all updates.
Open each internet browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and check for any odd add-ons or extensions. Check the default home page. Check for odd search providers.
Now open Control Panel and go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features depending on your version of windows. Scroll through the list of installed programs and check for anything that looks like a coupon/ad/bargain type of program. Most of those are garbage and most will get removed by ADWCleaner or JRT, but not always.
Once that is done, run ADWCleaner again.
Now check your Anti-Virus. Is it expired? If so uninstall it and download Avast Free Antivirus from avast.com or AVG Free Antivirus at avg.com. Now run a complete scan.
Open each web browser again and enable the antivirus extension when it asks you.
You should be good to go unless it’s royally fouled up. There are so many other issues that can come up it would be impractical to try and cover them all here. But the majority of malware/virus issues can be resolved by taking the steps outlined in this article.
Well, there it is. The skinny on a proper cleanup using nothing but freely available tools and your own blood, sweat and tears.
If you have any questions feel free to comment on this post and I will do my best to help you out. You can also reach me by email at: d a v i d at npgcomputers d o t com. Have a great day!