Malicious Software Removal (i.e. virus, worm, spyware, ransomware)

Malicious software aka Viruses, Worms, Spyware, Ransomware etc, can be tricky to remove from an infected system, and even deploy countermeasures to protect themselves from removal. Luckily there are a number of free tools which can help identify and remove malware, our recommended tools are below. However bear in mind that specific strains of the nastiest malware infections will require either a specific tool or technique to remove them, in such cases identify the malware name and strain, and then Google removal instructions using a non-infected system.

So here's our recommended free malware removal tools.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool  https://www.microsoft.com/
Microsoft's free Malicious Software Removal Tool works on all versions of Windows.
 
MicroTrend Housecall https://www.trendmicro.co.uk/
HouseCall is a free Web-based tool designed to scan your PC for a wide range of Internet security threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware. It also detects system vulnerabilities and provides a link so you can easily download missing security patches. After each scan, HouseCall delivers a detailed report, which identifies security threats detected on your computer. 
 
Spybot https://www.safer-networking.org/
Spybot is a useful free windows tool scanning which checks spyware and other malicious software.
 
ComboFix https://www.combofix.org/
Combofix is a powerful and free to use malware removal tool used by many security experts.
 
AVG https://www.avg.com/gb-en/virus-removal
The free edition of AVG comes with malware scanner and removal tool which can be remotely controlled from a smartphone. This tool works with Windows, Mac, and Android.
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