How to Remove a Trojan Virus or Malware From Your Computer

how to remove trojan virusWhen you use a computer you have to run updated antivirus software from time to time or else you will be searching the Internet for “how to remove a Trojan virus” constantly. No sooner than you get one removed, another will take its place infecting all your files. There is no debate about antivirus software, you have to have it. A Trojan virus isn’t as difficult to remove as it once was and this article contains hints and tips on how to best remove it from your computer.

The Best Way to Remove a Trojan Virus

The very best way to remove this computer virus is to have really good antivirus software remove it for you. The leading antivirus software companies are Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Norton AntiVirus, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, McAfee AntiVrus Plus and Kaspersky Anti-Virus. All of these antivirus programs were highly rated by PC Magazine for 2014 in removing viruses from your computer. They all have their good qualities and some hated qualities. For instance, McAfee tends to declare files that you need on the computer to run certain programs as viruses so it will render your Cisco router useless. So, you might choose one of the lesser expensive software packages or ask friends which they prefer.

There are free options for antivirus software but you tend to get what you pay for. More viruses are going to get through on a free program than will on the program you pay for.  There are also many features most people find necessary in a paid program, like automatic updating and other features. For most people, automatic updating of the virus definitions is a must. If your computer is not up to date then viruses are going to get through and infect your computer. It is worth $20 a year to not have to constantly remove viruses from your computer and deal with the hardware issues that they create.

Other really helpful features of paid software are being able to check for viruses at the url level, scanning for malware in addition to viruses, automatically scanning your computer on a schedule set by you, options to quarantine or delete suspected virus files, free routine backup services and choices between quick scans and deep scans.

If you have been running your computer without antivirus software, purchasing antivirus software and installing it will find and automatically remove the Trojan virus for you. Look for special instructions with the software on how to install the software while you have a virus infection. You might need to handle the installation a little bit differently with some programs. Some antivirus software packages assume you will have an infection and their installation procedure is the same.

Once you have the antivirus software installed then follow all the steps for updating the software and then run a full system scan.

If your antivirus software failed to remove the Trojan virus and you are still having trouble, then you need to go for the super deep cleaning that Symantec offers called Norton Power Eraser. This tool can trap and remove just about the worst in computer viruses. This tool is free to download and use and does a wonderful job is getting rid of the stubborn Trojan viruses when all else fails. You do not have to be a Norton product owner to use this great tool.

Other Ways to Remove a Trojan Virus

If you just don’t work well with computers then you should take your computer into a reputable computer repair shop to do the virus removal for you. The large electronic stores usually have a department that will handle this for you. Some office supply stores like Staples or Office Max usually have a computer repair department.

There are computer repair companies that will come to your home or office to repair your computer. You can do an Internet search to find a local company that will do this for you. It will likely cost more to have someone come to your home, but if it is a local company with an owner that is an expert in computers then it is worth it. You will pay less overall if the person really knows computers well. Sometimes with the large national chains they hire people who are not experts in computers.

Once the computer technician removes the virus, have him or her install a good antivirus software for you. Talk to the tech about the pros and cons for the various programs and have them decide which is best for your computer and your computing needs. You don’t want to have them leave and be vulnerable to computer virus infection. The antivirus software needs to be installed before you do anything on the computer.

The Worst Case Scenario to Get Rid of a Computer Virus

In the worst cases of computer virus infection it is necessary to reformat your hard drive and reload your operating system. There are times when your computer is in such bad shape with multiple viruses that this is the quick option to rid yourself of it.

When you have to go this route there is nothing you can do to backup your data. It will all be lost. The reason is, the backup is going to backup the viruses and infected files also. Any backups you made prior to discovering your computer has a virus are also suspect. Those backup discs need to be scanned before you can be confident that they will not reinfect your computer. So, put your old backup CDs off to the side with a note to scan them once your computer is up and running again. Your newly installed antivirus program will scan each disc to let you know if they are infected.

The Difference between a Virus and Malware

Technically, viruses are a type of malware. But given that when this bit of easy to spread code started giving the average everyday computer user a problem, everyone called it a virus.  So, that is what we call them all now. The word virus is used interchangeably with the word malware.

Malware means “malicious software.”  This is software, or a small program, that gets into your computer and does all sorts of things you do not want it to do. Sometimes it is logging your keystrokes to watch what you are doing on the computer and reports back to a central place. Or the malware installs cookies on your computer to track where you go on the Internet and reports that data to websites. Sometimes malware is waiting inside your computer for you to log onto your credit card company’s website or bank website so it can steal your log in data. Other times it is collecting personal identification information about you and giving it to criminals. At the very least, malware slows your computer down to a snail’s pace because it is running all sorts of little programs that you don’t know anything about. The worst case scenario is that your files and computer’s parts are harmed by the malware and it uses your computer to trick your friends into installing it also.

For many years the antivirus software only looked for the problems that would break your computer and infect your friend’s computer when they installed anything on their computer that was on your computer first. All the rest of the really annoying data collecting malware went unaddressed. So, the anti-malware industry was born.

Malware scanning software is something you can install to provide additional support to your antivirus program. The anti-malware program will scan your hard drive looking for malicious programs that are on your computer tracking your data. Once your computer is cleaned of these programs and cookies then your computer will run like new again.

Most good anti-virus software programs will also search for the minor malware programs now. After a scan it will tell you how many malware programs or cookies it removed from your system as well as how many viruses it found. But, some antivirus programs do not include searching for cookies or malware, so you need to install a separate program for it.

How You Catch Malware

The easiest way to infect your computer with malware is to download it from another computer that is on your computer network or on the Internet. Obviously, you wouldn’t download something harmful to your computer on purpose. It is buried in software you download from the Internet or in a program you purchase. Free software is known for having malware hidden in it. Free always has its price, and unintentionally installing malware is usually the price.

Careers in Computers

If you are fascinated by computers, you might want to take a look at forensics using computers or computer security. Encryption is a huge field in computers now because it is always changing and at a rapid pace. Everyone needs encryption to some level or another. Shopping carts have encrypted files, journalists use encryption to protect their sources in investigative journalism and the government uses powerful encryption to protect top secret information and spy activities.