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Avoiding and stopping malware on a PC is far simpler than eliminating it from an infected device. However, once a device has been infected with malware, it is very important to remove it instantly. Clear symptoms like slow speed, pop-ups, low functionality and more, show the presence of malware on a PC.

But, what does one do after malware has in fact been removed from the PC? Here we will let you know about a few steps that you should take in order to seamlessly improve from a malware attack.

First make sure that the malware is totally removed

In order to attain this, boot your PC in ‘Safe Mode with Networking’. When your PC is booting up, press the F8 key to reach the ‘Advanced Boot Options’ menu. Next select the ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ option to allow the PC to start with only the bare minimum programs required by the Operating System. Since Networking is enabled, one can link to the web and update the antivirus software present on the machine.21344958-protection-concept-pixelated-words-malware-on-digital-background-3d-render-stock-photo

Now run a full PC scan with Bull Guard Total Security to make sure that any last bits and pieces of the malware are diagnosed and removed. Beginners can contact BullGuard Technical Support for any issue related to installation and configuration. Technicians are always available to assist the customers by taking the remote access of the device.

Get rid of all unnecessary files

Deleting all unnecessary files from your PC is also highly recommended. This frees up speeds up virus scans, eliminates malware and disk space that exists on these temporary files. You can use the Disk Cleanup software application that is available on Windows by clicking on the Start menu and then entering Disk Cleanup. Once the window opens, you can start the cleanup method and eliminate all temporary files.

Reinstall your Operating System on the PC

If your PC does not function correctly even after the malware elimination, the Operating system requires to be reinstalled. This can be obtained with the help of the disc that came along with your PC or by restoring your PC to Factory Settings. Not all device’s have the ‘Restore to Factory Settings’ option though. To see if your PC has this facility, enter the ‘Advanced Boot Options’ menu by pressing the F8 key upon system boot up.

Remember though, that reinstalling the Operating System implies that all data will be lost. So any vital data that is present on the PC should be copied to an external drive for back up. Once the reinstallation is done, all corrupted Windows files will be fixed.

Modify all your old account passwords

This is one of the most vital things to do after a malware infection, especially for users who keep their passwords saved in their browsers to permit auto form-filling. Many malware types attack passwords and other saved data at a high speed and transmit that data back to their hosts. If your device has recently been attacked, it is feasible that your passwords are already in the wrong hands.

Eliminate Old System restore points

Every PC saves critical system restore points on a daily basis. These points permit the PC to return to the state it was when the restore point was created. This is not beneficial because by reverting to an earlier restore point, important data may be lost. In addition, if the restore point was formed when malware was present on the PC, reverting to that restore point once the malware has been eliminated can cause more harm than good.

So it is recommended to eliminate all system restore points once malware has been removed. To access the System Restore interface, go to the Start menu and type System Restore.

Handling the malware infection can be very hectic, particularly for users who do not often follow the dos and don’ts of Internet security. By following the above mentioned steps, you can make sure that your PC runs smoothly after malware has been fixed.

In addition, it is wise to remember that prevention is better than cure. Using an updated antivirus on your device will help prevent multiple threats before they arise and save you a lot of problem in the future.