Free Tools for removing malware and viruses

Working on Virus and Malware issues is probably the second most common problem IT technicians deal with on a daily basis. These issues can be anything from a malware toolbar on a web browser to a virus or worm corrupting a computer.Everyday there are new malicious programs being developed and installed on computers. Here are some of the useful tools I used to clean infected computers of malware and viruses.

RKill (Windows, Free)

The first software I use when dealing with virus or malware infection is RKill which is a free application that will help you stop any malicious software running so you can perform other virus remediation steps. This software is different from other anti-malware or anti-virus software, which scan and removed any infected files. RKill is just an executable file and when ran it will kill malware processes and then removes incorrect executable associations and fixes policies that stop us from using certain tools. When finished it will display a log file that shows the processes that were terminated while the program was running. This software is a necessary tool to use when trying to get rid of malware on your computer. Once you run RKill and it completes you will then be able to scan the computer without interference from the malware or viruses present on the computer.


To find out more about RKill and to download the tool from

AdwCleaner (Windows, Free)

Another very useful software tool is AdwCleaner which is another free software download that is ran without installing. AdwCleaner is specifically designed to scan detect and remove malware, unwanted toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs. The software does not find and remove viruses but it is very useful when dealing with malware and toolbars.


It is very easy to use AdwCleaner all you have to do is open the executable file you downloaded and will see the screen above which shows the options available to run AdwCleaner. Once you hit the “Scan” button the software will begin scanning your computer for malware. When the scan is complete the results will be displayed and broken up into different categories like files, folders, registry entries, and browser add-ons. After you have looked through the results you hit the “Clean” button and the software will clean up all the checked items from the scan. Then as soon as the software completes you will be prompted to restart to complete the cleanup process. When the computer restarts a log will come up showing the results of the scan and removal. I would recommend using AdwCleaner when trying to deal with malware or toolbars installed on a computer.

You can download the software here:  AdwCleaner


Malwarebytes Anti-malware (Windows, Free / Premium)

Malwarebytes is a well known anti-malware software that is good at detecting malicious files and software. Malwarebytes software can detect and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware with the free version of the software. Malwarebytes also has additional tool called Chameleon which is used to allow Malwarebytes to update and run on a computer that is infected by a virus that is blocking Malwarebytes to run. Malwarebytes is a great tool to use to scan your computers for any type of infection. If you want advanced services and protection Malwarebytes can be upgraded to premium service and add additional functionality.

To download and find out more visit Malwarebytes website.


These three tools are just some of the tools available when trying to deal with a virus or malware infection. It is important to keep computers clean of infections not only to ensure the computer operates smoothly but to keep data secure and confidential. I hope these tools will help you deal with removing any malicious files or programs. Let me know what software you use to remove viruses and malware.



That is a good point I always have a bootable CD with virus scanning software that I can run without booting in to windows. I don’t use it on every computer but it can save me from having to format and the reinstall Windows.

Good informative article, but as always prevention is better than cure. If the machine is badly infected, it’s always a good idea to use a bootable anti virus tool such as Kaspersky, just so you are certain, no viruses have hid themselves while the cleaning process was in action.

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