What are the best malware removal tools for Windows?

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    #1AVG Antivirus

    AVG Antivirus
    Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Johnny Ward
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "I've used AVG for years and it's always worked well for me. Doesn't use a lot of system resources and protects reasonably well. It always catches things before they become a problem and false positives have been low over the years. Very highly recommended."
  2. 13

    #2MalwareFox

    MalwareFox
    MalwareFox is a simple anti-malware solution for Windows computers. It provides aggressive detection capabilities and an effective malware removal tool to keep your systems safe and secure.
    Software

    Windows

    $22.45- Free trial available

    Christina Han
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "I used to always be worried about the safety of my device and data with all kinds of virus and ransomware in the news. Now I use MalwareFox and I feel safer knowing that I am better protected from any unwanted spyware and ransomware and other unknown and unwanted malware."
  3. 12

    #3Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Bruce Douglas
    Written on May 2, 2017
    "MalwareBytes is pretty much as good as it gets. It's highly respected in the community due to how well it works. It's both super simple for those who don't know much about the software, just a few buttons that will do anything they need, and it has much more advanced features for those who want to take advantage."
  1. 10

    #4Bitdefender Security & Antivirus

    Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
    Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Larry Fuller
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "I checked it out and it seems to be a worthy program but has some flaws to it. When you do a manual scan sometimes the app will get stuck or even crash, requiring your to restart. In addition, many people have said that updates can cause more issues than they solve. I would feel comfortable using it but advise others to check it out first."
  2. 7

    #5Spybot - Search & Destroy

    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Spybot - Search & Destroy is an antivirus protection software developed by Spybot. It protects your pcs against harmful viruses and malware, such as trojan.
    Software

    Windows

    $15.99- Varies by plan

    Kelly Ellis
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Good malware removal in a free service, with a paid upgrade for more in depth services."
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    #6Microsoft Safety Scanner

    Microsoft Safety Scanner
    Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Arthur Mason
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "Microsoft Safety Scanner is a temporary method for securing your computer. Microsoft Safety Scanner can identify threats installed on your windows machine and remove them. This wasn't a permanent solution for me but it did help in the meantime until I got a real antivirus installed."
  4. 0

    #7Adaware

    Adaware

    Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $48

    Arjun Rangan
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "I used this to remove the last bit of malware I got on my computer. It's fairly easy to use and seems to have worked. The UI is simple and usually just requires a scan and then it suggests and performs fixes on any found malware."
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    #8IObit Malware Fighter

    IObit Malware Fighter

    IObit Malware Fighter is a software that helps protect your computer from ransomware, spyware, phishing, spyware, and all malware in general.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $15.69

    Linda Stanley
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The IObit Malware Fighter is the perfect option if you are looking for the best malware removal tools for Windows. It helps protects your computer from multiple types of malware including ransomware, spyware, phishing and many more types of malware. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something that will protect you and your family from all the common malware that are found on the internet these days."
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    #9Prey

    Prey

    Prey is anti-theft tracking software for devices like laptops, phones, and tablets that enables users to locate, lock, wipe and recover stolen devices. Prey uses a remote activation system.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free

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Summary

Best What are the best malware removal tools for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AVG AntivirusSoftware 16 Free
2MalwareFoxSoftware 13 Paid
3MalwarebytesSoftware 12 Free
4Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 10 Free
5Spybot - Search & DestroySoftware 7 Paid
6Microsoft Safety ScannerSoftware 3 Free
7AdawareSoftware 0 Free
8IObit Malware FighterSoftware 0 Free
9PreySoftware 0 Free
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