How do I clean an infected computer of viruses and malware?

If you suspect that your computer may be infected with a computer virus or otherwise compromised by hackers, the best course of action is to wipe the computer and reinstall your operating system and applications (see¬†Reinstalling Your Compromised Computer¬†for instructions). If this is not practical, you can attempt to clean your computer using these steps…

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Microsoft Safety Scanner – Free

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft…

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