How do you know if your computer has been infected with a malware attack?
It can take hours to identify, or days for experts to figure out, whether you’re infected with an infection that may be linked to a specific vulnerability in Windows or Microsoft Office.
The most effective way to determine if your PC has been compromised by malware is to run a security scan, which may help you determine if it’s been infected by malware.
And while malware has become increasingly common in recent years, most of the time a malware infection will have nothing to do with the exploits you’re familiar with.
But if your system has been targeted by a malware threat, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from the threat.1.
Stop using your computer.
If you’re using your Windows PC as a primary computing device, you can block malware by removing it from your PC.
For example, to remove malware, open your system tray and click on the Windows icon.
Then click Control Panel.
Click Control Panel, Security.
Click Advanced Security Settings.
Select the Security tab.
On the Security & Privacy tab, select Advanced Security and click Remove.2.
Run a security audit.
To verify whether a malware vulnerability has been fixed in your system, run a scan.
A scan will run and may ask you for information about your system and what files and registry keys are present.
If a scan doesn’t find any vulnerabilities, your computer is not infected.
If it does, you’re still at risk.
You can do a security check by running the Windows Security Analyzer or a Microsoft security tool.3.
Remove all malicious files.
If your PC is using a file manager to store files and settings, you may need to do the following to remove malicious files from your system:Run a scan and then click on File Manager.
If you have a copy of Windows, right-click it and choose Properties.
In the File Manager Properties dialog box, click on Add and select the desired files to remove.
Remove any registry keys.
If any of the following steps don’t work, contact Microsoft and request that it delete the malicious files and any registry key(s) from your computer, by contacting the relevant IT team.
For more information, see Protect your Windows 10 PC with the Remove Malware and Registry Keys feature.5.
Update your antivirus.
If there’s a threat that has been detected, but the malware has not been fixed, the best way to protect your computer from malware infection is to update your antiviscreen, antivirus software.
For more information on how to protect against malware, see Prevent malware infection by following our security advice.