What are the best resources for removing malware?

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    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.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Luis Alberto Madrigal
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Malware-Bytes Anti-Malware software is a fast, easy-to-use, and comprehensive program to finely comb through your computer files in order to find the malicious code. It did a wonderful job on my computer and I would recommend it to any of my friends."
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    #2Avast Mobile

    Avast Mobile

    Our favorite free malware app. You'll get malware protection and also full scans, privacy advisor, customizable blacklist, and many more features.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wayne Baker
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "The app was very easy to install and use. From the start of the page it takes you through what each thing does. The app detects the virus or virus' on your phone and quickly quarantines them in a timely manner. The app can clean your phones junk data as well as the cache in order for it to become quicker. "
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    #3Zemana Anti-Malware

    Zemana Anti-Malware
    Zemana Anti-Malware is one of the newest malware removal programs but is has established itself as one of the best. The program has a browser cleaner, anti-rootkits and solid customer support


    $19.95- Free trial, annual fee

    Sean Brooks
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "This is a great anti-virus software for your phone. Cell phones are vulnerable to viruses as well. Online identity theft is an ever increasing problem which could be greatly curbed through the use of Zemana software. "
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    #4Adware Removal: Remove Malware

    Adware Removal: Remove Malware
    If you have a Mac and don't mind paying for your security, this program will make you feel safer



    Jose Moreno
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I think it's working better than the free app I had for malware before. I thought it's a bit expensive since there are so many free options out there, but I it really did clean out my computer of malware. Overall, I'm glad I decided to purchase this product."
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    HitmanPro needs less than 5 minutes to scan your computer and delete any malware it finds


    $24.95- Free trial available

    Carl Cunningham
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "My computer used to be super slow and stuffed with malware. I downloaded HitmanPro last week and my computer is back to new. HitmanPro easily locates the malicious files on your computer, quarantines, and removes them without impacting the registry or your authentic programs. It's like a personal assassin against the bugs that infect your computer. "
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    #6McAfee Mobile Security

    McAfee Mobile Security

    McAfee Mobile Security is an app to protect your phone from harmful attacks. The app lets you locate your lost device and speed up your smartphone or tablet. It comes with military grade 256-bit encryption to protect user activity.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Arthur Nelson
    Written on September 7, 2018
    "For years McAfee has been my go to Anti-Virus remover and Ant-Malware as well. They are tried and true, just last week I used the back up feature because I had a feeling my computer illiterate sister was going to mess something and lo and behold two days later my PC is bricked, with McAfee's awesome features I was able to retrieve my information and get rid of the malware that caused my problem, I highly recommend them."
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    #7Bitdefender 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.

    Windows, Mac, Android


    Vincent Holland
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "This app is easy to setup and works quietly in the background. I feel like my online transactions are more secure and that makes me feel more at ease."
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    #8ESET Mobile Secuirty and Antivirus

    ESET Mobile Secuirty and Antivirus

    With ESET's security app you'll get solid malware protection. The interface feels outdated but if you don't mind this, the app is very useful



    Free- Includes micropayments

    Larry Cox
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "I think this is a great malware removal app for my android phone. I've always worried about malware on my phone because it doesn't come with any anti-virus software, but I can be assured that my phone is safer now. I also like it that this app is free, compared to other competitors. It doesn't feel like it's slowing down my phone or eating more battery than before, which is a big plus."
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    #9Avira Mobile Security

    Avira Mobile Security

    Protect yourself from mobile threats with this security app. You will be able to stop spies from seeing your camera, identify apps that may compromise your privacy, and remove adware from your phone. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Emma Olson
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Have you checked the rating on this app? It does not work! Don't waste time on this app. Go with more reliable and established app that are free. Protection using this app is not good at all. Customer service is not helpful, I guess that's what you expect from free download, but good way to lose potential paying customers..."
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    #10Adware Doctor - Remove Adware, Malware, and Restore Your Browser

    Adware Doctor - Remove Adware, Malware, and Restore Your Browser
    A Mac exclusive malware removal app that will fix your malware problems in the quickest and easiest way posible



    Mercedes Valadez
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "There is no review what so ever on this app and they want you to pay them $10? No thanks, I would go with ones recommended by cnet or other reliable sources. There are so many great adware/malware protections that are free. "
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    #11OSHI Defender

    OSHI Defender
    If you are having phishing problems or other related scams, OSHI is a good choice


    $19.99- Free trial, annual fee

    Samuel Miller
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This program saved my life. It detected malware with ease. The interface is easy to use. This program not only detects malware but monitors your network to prevent intrusion. The scanning is cloud based so I never have to wait for an update or download the latest malware defintions. It is all done seemless, so I never notice. It will run quietly in the background."
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    #12Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    A basic but worthwhile app. If you don't have time to configure complex features, the Kaspersky app it's all you need to protect your phone. 



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Harold Carroll
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "If you need to get rid of malware, I'd really suggest checking out Kaspersky Antivirus & Security suite. I've used Kaspersky for years and it's honestly the end-all virus stopper. Not only will it aid in the removal of any already existing malware, but it'll prevent you from picking up more. I love Kaspersky, give it a try."
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    #13CM Security AppLock

    CM Security AppLock

    Security Master is an Antivirus, AppLock, and Booster all-in-one app for Android, developed by Cheetah Mobile. The app offers 24/7 real-time protection as well as improve performance for mobile phones. It can also secure VPN connection.



    Free- Includes micropayments

    Ai Gong
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "I'm a bit daft when it comes to technology, yet I do need to protect my computer from attacks. CM Security AppLock Antivirus was a perfect solution. Easy to install, and idiot-proof prompts had me secure in minutes."
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    #14Webroot Secure Anywhere

    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    The good news is that Webroot Antivirus has the quickest scanner on the market. The bad news is that it is one of the most expensive malware removers!


    $59.99- Annual fee

    Juan Tucker
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "No matter how cautious I am, and how internet savvy I feel... I am just as prone to a malware attack as anyone else. And if you've ever had a bug in your computer, you know just how frustrating it can be. I like the peace of mind I get from Webroot Secure Anywhere, knowing that my steps on the worldwide web are protected every step of the way. "
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    #15Tom's Guide

    Tom's Guide
    This site will not only recommend good malware removal programs it'll also give you lots of useful information about technology


    Shaurya Mehta
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Tom's guide had some decent reviews on anti-virus programs. I wish there were more options to choose from. It was also somewhat difficult for me to find the antivirus reviews because they were so far down the list. Still fairly helpful, I am going to do some more looking."
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    #16The PC Security Channel

    The PC Security Channel
    A great Youtube channel for keeping up to date with new computer protection software


    Craig Stone
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "This website is the best! My computer has been performing slowly lately, and I was worried about the security of my family's private records and finances. After just a few short moment, The PC Security Channel was up and running, and detected some sources of concern. Fortunately, there was nothing more than some ad tracking cookies, but once my scan was completed, my computer was running as good as ever! Thanks, PC Security Channel!"
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    #17[DISCUSSION] Computer Security

    [DISCUSSION] Computer Security
    This sub-reddit is more for security geeks than for people that only want to remove something from their computer. If you want a deeper understanding, this is your place


    Christian Allen
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "I was desperate for a computer for school so when I brought one off Craigslist never did I expect all the unexpected malware. Being a huge fan of Reddit, I turned to the Computer Security forum and solved my issue with just a few minutes. There are endless posts from people with problems just like me and answers in the comments that always seen to do the job. "
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    #18[DISCUSSION] Virus Protection

    [DISCUSSION] Virus Protection

    You'll find a lot of cool tips on how to avoid having to install a malware remover.



    Shirley Keller
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "Not really feeling this website. It requires one long scroll. As soon as you get to the bottom, it adds more and you need to keep scrolling. I don't feel there is much in the way of categories and if you want to find something specific, you'll need to use the search bar. Not a fan."
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    A cool and independent protection software evaluator who, unfortunetly, doesn't refresh his channel as often as we would like


    Ruth Schmidt
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "Seems like a decent youtube channel. Has a few 'how to' videos, along with some instruction videos. There were also some prank videos which I'm not sure is something that I would expect to see if I was looking for the best resources for removing malware."
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    #20[TUTORIAL] How to remove a computer virus / malware

    [TUTORIAL] How to remove a computer virus / malware
    A simple, easy and free way to remove a virus or malware.


    Larry Hopkins
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "When you work on your computer for a living like I do you are bound to come in contact with virus's or malware from files that clients send that your traditional virus scanner or malware scanner might not detect. In cases like that it's useful to have a website like How to remove a computer virus/malware because it takes you step by step through the process of making your computer whole again. Not only that but they also provide you with steps to add the virus or malware you encountered into your protection programs so that they can better detect it in the future. "
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    #21Virus Encyclopedia

    Virus Encyclopedia

    The Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security gives you a quick gallery of tips for removing blackmail virus from your computer. As you will see in this short guide, the most important things on this cases is to be protected and to be very careful with the things we download and execute.



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    #22AVG AntiVirus

    AVG AntiVirus
    AVG Antivirus is a free solution that helps in removing malware and to avoid being infected by trojans, viruses and other malicious software that can harm PCs or mobile phones. Also, it's useful for finding lost phones.

    Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Victoria Hunter
    Written on September 27, 2017
    "Consistently regarded as one of the top anti-virus softwares on the market, this gets high marks from both professional reviewers and home users. AVG is a household name in anti-virus software and has much less of a hardware use footprint than many similar software packages."
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    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.


    $22.45- Free trial available

    Shawn Abraham
    Written on January 24, 2019
    "MalwareFox is a tool to clean your computer of virus, malware and Trojans. It's very fast and effective, with just 10 minutes you can get your computer totally clean. The application creates a quarantine folder where store the malicious files before delete, since you can decide if it's a virus or not during the next days."
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    Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  



    Free- $48

    César Correa
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "This tool has saved me from some really bad malware. I'm very glad it exists! I had one especially nasty virus and this cleared it up no problem. But I don't really like how it's constantly trying to force me to buy the premium version."
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    #25IObit 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.



    Free- $15.69

    Howard Delgado
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "Seems to work. Never heard of it before installing so I was not very hopeful but it really has done some good. I can't be sure its perfect but it isn't lagging my system and has stopped some nasties."
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    #26CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X is software available for free download for  Mac users. It cleans up unwanted apps, broken programs, frees up large junk files, and even speeds up device performance. It also includes Malware protection to ensure its safety.



    $34.95- Free trial available

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    #27How to Remove the Heuristic Virus

    How to Remove the Heuristic Virus

    This article introduces the nature and characteristics of the Heuristic Virus and it also provides specific steps on how to remove such virus. The article will provide readers with different tips regarding the elimination of the virus.



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Best What are the best resources for removing malware
1MalwarebytesSoftware 112 Free
2Avast MobileApps 93 Free
3Zemana Anti-MalwareSoftware 89 Paid
4Adware Removal: Remove MalwareSoftware 77 Paid
5HitmanProSoftware 73 Paid
6McAfee Mobile SecurityApps 72 Free
7Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 71 Free
8ESET Mobile Secuirty and AntivirusApps 69 Free
9Avira Mobile SecurityApps 67 Free
10Adware Doctor - Remove Adware, Malware, and Restore Your BrowserSoftware 63 Paid

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