Security Corner – Exterminate Your Malware, Spyware and Viruses With the Same Tools DCG Engineers Use

If your computer is running slowly or it's getting a lot of pop-ups, it may be infected with a virus, spyware or malware, and your immediate attention to this is crucial.

When those of us at DCG are asked to work on an infected PC, we deploy these tools in the following order: Malwarebytes, followed by CCleaner, and finally Combofix.Here's how they work:

Malwarebytes: This fairly fast malware remover takes about eight minutes to scan your computer and can determine the difference between truly dangerous applications and those that don't pose a threat. Find Malwarebytes at Malwarebytes.org.

CCleaner: This utility for computers running Microsoft Windows cleans out the "junk" that accumulates over time and could cause potential problems. It protects the privacy of the computer's user by cleaning browsing history and temporary internet files and cleans unneeded files from various programs. This in turn saves hard disk space, removes unneeded entries in the Windows Registry, and helps to uninstall software. Download CCleaner at Piriform.com.

Combofix: This was designed to scan a computer for known malware and spyware and remove them. After Combofix finishes, it creates a report that can be used to search and remove infections which are not automatically removed in the process. Get Combofix at Combofix.org.

These tools are free and a must-have when cleaning up your computer's hard drive.


About Dyan James

Dyan has been researching, writing, copyediting, and proofreading articles across a variety of industries since 1998. She further developed her interest and talent for covering technology while working with the guys at DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. Whether writing from scratch, copyediting or simply polishing, Dyan has mastered the art of turning rough copy or a plain idea into an eloquently written piece.