How To Remove Threats Using Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is the best program to automatically remove threats from your computer. It allows you to do this for free although it has a paid version if you want to protect your PC from viruses in the future. Read more about it here.

Alternatively, you can use our removal guides database and search for manual removal instructions for the infection you are currently dealing with.

Here is a quick guide how to automatically remove various threats from your computer.

Step 1:

Start by downloading Malwarebytes.

We recommend buying the full version but you can also try it out for 14 days at no cost:

TIP: In case your computer is locked and you cannot use it normally, restart it in Safe Mode With Networking:

When your computer is infected by a virus some of its features may be locked or compromised. You need to bypass this by rebooting your computer using Safe Mode. This will allow you to remove the virus.

Since Safe Mode only has the most basic features do not be scared that your Windows look completely different!

Click here to show how to reboot Windows 98, XP, Vista or Windows 7 in Safe Mode

  1. Restart your computer (if it is locked you can do this by physically pressing the power button on your computer).
  2. As soon as the PC starts booting begin constantly clicking F8 key on the keyboard until you get the following screen:
  3. Use arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode With Networking and press Enter.
  4. Wait for the Windows to launch.


Click here to show how to reboot Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10 in Safe Mode

F8 method (1/4):

Restarting and constantly hitting F8 might not work for this version of Windows since the booting is much faster and does not always react to the key presses. Try this method first and then proceed to other methods if this does not help.

  1. Restart your computer (if it is locked you can do this by physically pressing the power button on your computer).
  2. As soon as the PC starts booting begin constantly clicking F8 key on the keyboard.
    If it does not work try repeating the same procedure but this time holding Shift key and clicking F8.
  3. Follow instructions from Step 5 below:

Shift+Restart method (2/4):

  1. Click the Power icon at the login screen or in the settings charm.
  2. Hold Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart with your mouse while holding:
  3. Click Troubleshoot:

  4. Click Advanced options:
  5. Click Startup Settings:
  6. Click Restart:
  7. Now press F5 key on your keyboard to enable Safe Mode With Networking:

System configuration method (3/4):

  1. Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.
  2. Enter msconfig.exe and click OK:
  3. When System Configuration opens go to the Boot tab:
  4. Check the box “Safe Boot” in Boot options and click OK.
  5. When prompted, click Restart.
  6. Windows will now start in Safe Mode.

System Recovery method (4/4):

If everything above fails you can try inserting System Recovery CD or DVD (works only with Windows 8) or System Recovery USB Memory Stick (works with Windows 8 and 8.1). You will be able to choose Troubleshoot option. The steps are then identical as in Shift + Restart method starting from #3.

Step 2:

Launch the downloaded installation file and complete the installation process.

TIP: In case a virus blocks Malwarebytes setup file you can try renaming it to “iexplore.exe” and launching again.

Step 3:

Launch the program and choose Scan tab on the left.

Begin the scan and wait for it to finish.

Step 4:

Quarantine threats that have been found by Malwarebytes.

Select all checkboxes near the detected threats.

Click Quarantine Selected and wait for the program to finish.

Step 5:

If you have a free trial, we recommend activating the full version in order to protect your computer in the future. Click Upgrade Now at the top right corner in order to activate it.

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