How to Remove Malware from your system like a Pro

Recently I had a friend that went to one of those big box stores that happen to also perform computer services. They took their laptop there to be looked at by one of the “computer specialist” because their laptop was infected with malware. Two days later my friend was able to pick up the laptop and it no longer was infected with malware but at the expense of $175. Surprised  That when I decide to create this article so others out there won’t be taken to the cleaners for a simple malware remove procedure that can be done by anyone for free. For those of you that perform computers services on the side for a little extra $$$ this article may provide you with additional methods you can use when cleaning your clients computers. 

The type of malware that you are likely to be infected by today is more sophisticated then the malware of the past because unlike malware of the past which was usually done for notoriety there now money involved in creating and distributing malware. The malware authors want to make it not only hard for you to detect their malicious code but difficult to fully remove the malicious code too. They use techniques that can hide their malicious code from not only the Windows OS but the anti-virus software installed on the system so no matter how many times you scan your system you never able to find and remove their code. Scanning your computer system outside of the installed Windows OS sometimes is the best approach to use to identifying and remove malware from a highly infected Windows OS. This is how the "Pros" do it. Laughing  

Many of the major anti-virus companies distribute bootable ISO that can be copied to a CD ROM or an USB drive and used to boot and scan your computer system outside of the installed Windows OS on the comptuer system. The below table list many of the most popular bootable images by alphabetical order. It's highly recommend that you download and copy one to CD ROM or USB now to have just in case you may need it to in the future. When your system is seriously infeccted and not working correctly is the wrong time to try to download one of the bootable images. Don't worry about the bootable CD ROM or USB Antivirus image being out of date because all the bootable images are configured to automatically download the latest antivirus engine and definition before they begin scanning your system. 

Antivirus Vendor Download
Live CD

Live CD or EXE  

Live CD

Live CD 

USB

FTP download Live CD

Live CD 
Live CD 
Instruction to create McAfee Cleanboot CD 
Instruction to download and create Norton Bootable Recovery Tool
Live CD
Download Page for Live CD, USB or EXE


After you have successfully scan your system with one of the Antivirus Bootable images, it is recommended that you scan your system again to ensure that there is no malware that was missed. You can choose to scan your system with one of the other Antivirus Bootable images mention in this article or via one of the free online virus scanners

After you have ran a couple of clean scans you may want to reinstall you current antivirus software or if you don’t currently have one install use one of the free Antivirus programs mention in the Free Antivirus Software article on this site.