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Removing malicious processes from the computer system

AntimalwareMost antivirus and antimalware applications help in removing malicious processes once detected. These have the ability to recognize harmful processes. In some circumstances some processes need to be removed before they are scanned. This usually happens when one needs to delete malware manually or when malware processes hamper removers from functioning or updating their database.

Numerous reasons make a system more exposed to malware. As all computers in a network run the same operating system, making use of one may end up in using them all. As most of the existing malwares are developed to attack Windows systems, the Windows systems are more susceptible to giving in to malware attacks. Some other factors that make a computer prone to these attacks are malware leveraging defects in the operating system design, a code from a floppy disk, CD-ROM or USB device may be implemented without the user’s consent.

Malware which run as over-privileged code can use it to subvert the system. Most of the popular operating systems allow code too many privileges. This makes users susceptible to malware in the form of e-mail attachments, which may or may not be disguised. Given this state of affairs, users are warned only to open attachments they trust, and to be wary of code received from undependable sources.

Privilege profiles have to be maintained by the system and it has to understand which to apply for each user and program. In the case of recently installed software, an administrator would need to set up default profiles for the new code.

The majority of malicious activities are dormant when the computer operates in safe mode with networking. To attain a safe mode one needs to choose a safe mode with networking or one from the menu. While working on safe mode one does not face alerts that keep popping up while working in a normal mode.

Task Manager can be used to remove malicious processes. The advantage of using task manager is that there is no need to download anything. Task manager is there in all windows computers, though it might be disabled and provides little control. Task manager can be opened by either pressing the command ctrl+shift+esc or pressing ctrl+alt+del and then choosing from menu. For optimum results, this should be done immediately after windows login, while other processes are still loading. There are various other ways to deploy a task manager. After the successful stopping of the processes one might find alerts, advertisements and some of the other symptoms of malware disappearing. One should be careful not to reboot till clearing the system completely or till it is required in other guides.

It is better to keep trying and updating the antimalware tools. Spyware Doctor might help in identifying files, DLLs and registry entries that one needs to remove. The next appropriate step is to unregister malicious DLLs and repair the system startup. This has to be done prior to deleting the infected files as that may adversely affect some system functions conquered by malicious viruses.

Sachin Bansal is a valued contributor for CosmoBC's BizBlog and TechBlog.

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