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Surely many have faced such a problem when a computer was infected with viruses and malware that disrupted its operation. The only way to solve this situation is to clean the PC of all viruses using specialized software. Further in the article, we will talk in detail about the best programs for cleaning your computer from viruses and malicious files, which will definitely help in any situation.
Virus Removal Tool
So, the first program in this list is Virus Removal Tool. The developer of this software is Kaspersky Lab, which, if anyone is not in the know, created the same Kaspersky antivirus. You can download the Virus Removal Tool program for treating a computer from the official website, absolutely free. The file weighs 140 MB, installation of the utility is not required. Let's take a closer look at Virus Removal Tool.
Description of Virus Removal Tool
The interface of the Virus Removal Tool is quite simple. Immediately after launch, a small window will appear in front of the user, in which it is proposed to start checking, or first select sections for scanning, through the "Change settings" button. Also at the top of the program window there are two more buttons that allow you to view the scan report and open the quarantine, where all detected threats will be placed.
The program for curing your computer from viruses and other unwanted files is simple. Immediately after starting the scan, the Virus Removal Tool begins to conduct a detailed analysis and search for all existing threats on the computer. The scan time can be completely different and depends on several factors:
- computer power;
- number of selected partitions to scan;
- system load at the time of the scan.
In any case, no matter what settings are selected, you will have to wait until the end of the scan. At the end, when the analysis and search is completed, the program will display a window with all detected threats. The user will only have to choose an action against each found file, for example, decide whether he wants to delete, send to quarantine or do nothing, and then click on the "Continue" button.
That, in fact, is all that concerns the operation of the program forcomputer treatment, Virus Removal Tool.
VRT shortcomings in a nutshell
Of the obvious disadvantages of the Virus Removal Tool, it is worth noting a slightly weak database of virus signatures, which is why the utility may not recognize all threats. Also, VRT is not always able to detect malware, especially if it was released recently.
One more minus - Virus Removal Tool does not work with browser files, where various tracker viruses often also sit. VRT does not have any more serious shortcomings.
Next on the list is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This software is produced by Malwarebytes Corporation and is primarily designed to scan and search for malware on your computer that can cause significant harm and damage to the entire system. In addition, Malwarebytes scans for viruses, which will also be neutralized. You can download the software installation file on the official website of the developer. The program weighs 78.5 MB.
The only thing to remember is that if any antivirus is already installed on the computer, then it is advisable to disable it at the time of installing Malwarebytes, as program conflicts may be caused.
Description of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
The user interface of the program is very pleasing to the eye and easy to understand. The program window is divided into two parts. In the first, which is smaller, there are tabs between which you can switch. There are five tabs in total:
- Information panel.
Checking and disinfection of the computer is carried out through the second tab, i.e. "Check". In the "Parameters" tab, you can configure the program as you wish, for example, add certain files to exclusions so that they are not accidentally marked as malicious, enable / disable certain options when scanning, protecting, etc. Digging into the settings is strongly recommended for those who understands at least something, otherwise you can "break wood".
All information about the scanning progress is displayed on the second part of the program window, which occupies almost all the remaining space.
Now about how the utility for treating a computer works. First of all, you need to start scanning on the "Check" tab using the corresponding button. The scan mode will start, during which the memory, system files, system partition, autorun partition and many other interesting places for the program will be scanned.
If Malwarebytes detects a threat during the scan, it will immediately notify the user, but you can only do anything with the malicious file after the scan is complete. As for the scan time, it all depends on the power of the computer, the number of files to be scanned, the workload of the system, the number of hard drives, etc. In general, everything takes about 10-15 minutes, no more.
After the scan is completed, the user is presented with a report on the work, and is also given the choice of what to do with the detected threats: delete, quarantine, ignore. File storage paths are also displayed, which is also very useful, because you can see where the "legs grow from".
Cons of the program
In terms of its functionality, Malwarebytes is a very good program, but it still has one fat minus - a trial period of use. Yes, despite its merits, Malwarebytes remains a paid program, you can only use it for free for 14 days. The cost of a license for 1 year starts from 2,000 thousand rubles. Yes, the functionality here is more advanced than in the Virus Removal Tool, but not everyone will agree to pay more than 2,000 thousand rubles every year.
Another program for curing your computer from viruses is HitmanPro. The developer - the British company Sophos, which specializes in software for protecting PCs - named its creation so for a reason. For those who do not know, Hitman is the hero of a computer game, a hired killer who coolly "removes" the "targets" ordered to him. By the same analogy, HitmanPro also operates - the program scans the PC, finds a threat and eliminates it. You can download HitmanPro from the official website for free. The program weighs a little - only 11MB. No installation required.
Well, now a little more about HitmanPro. The program, as mentioned above, does not requireinstallation. When you first start the user meets a nice and simple interface in Russian. There are few buttons on the start screen: "Purchase a license", "Next", "Settings" and "Exit". It should be said right away that the program is paid and in trial mode offers use for 30 days. After that, you will have to buy a license.
As for the settings, they are quite extensive. The user can make the necessary changes to the parameters before starting the scan, which is often useful.
In order to start the first check, you need to click on the "Next" button several times. After 2-3 clicks, the process of scanning the PC for threats will start. Actually, here, perhaps, it is worth listing the main features of HitmanPro, one of the best programs for treating a computer:
- Anti-virus databases. HitmanPro uses the world's leading antivirus software companies: Kaspersky Lab, SophosLab and Bitdefender to find and eliminate threats.
- Low resource consumption. HitmanPro practically does not load the system during operation, so you can use the program even on weak PCs.
- Always at hand. HitmanPro works without installation. Treatment of a computer for viruses can be safely carried out from a portable medium - a disk or flash drive. All you need to do is dump the file downloaded from the official site to a CD or USB flash drive and use it as needed.
- Knows about all new viruses. Programis a cloud-based antivirus, which means that before starting a scan, it connects to the SophosLab servers and "learns" about all the current threats, viruses, malware, etc.
- Succeed where others are powerless. Since HitmanPro is not installed on the system, it cannot be controlled, infected or blocked by viruses, which allows it to cope where other protection software failed.
That, in fact, is all that concerns the features of this program for treating a computer.
As for the principle of operation, everything is simple here. As soon as a system scan is launched, HitmanPro will check all the main sections of the system, where viruses and other malicious programs can and like to "hide". Upon completion of the scan, the user will be able to review the results of the scan and decide what to do with the detected threats. For some files, HitmanPro gives an explanation of whether it is a virus or not. Also, in some cases, the program exposes recommended actions that need to be taken with a particular infected file. As they say, everything is simple and clear.
Now, just a few words about the shortcomings of the program, more precisely, about one shortcoming - the trial period. 30 days is very short to fully enjoy all the benefits of the program, and besides, not everyone will be able to pay 25 dollars (a little more than 1,600 rubles) for a license every year. Otherwise, HitmanPro has significant disadvantagesno.