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The 1st step on discovering an infected machine is to isolate it from your network.

That means unplugging network cables and/or disabling Wi-Fi.

If you are using an unsupported Operating System and/or browser your computer and network are at risk.

 

 

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CLEAN MACHINE

MedicSometimes malware will prevent you from even using your browser and re-direct you to fake security screens.  

It’s probably best to run anti-malware from Safe Mode with network anyway so just reboot your PC and hit F8 as it starts up.

If you still can’t download a removal tool you may need to download on another PC and copy to USB drive.

Malware Bytes has a good track record for removing malware but you may want to check the Internet to see if there is a specific removal tool required for your specific malware.

You should download the updates for your malware removal program and run multiple times until everything comes up clean.

 

 


WIPE & RESTORE MACHINE

If malware takes more than a couple of hours to remove it’s time to wipe the drive and start over. The big question then becomes what data I need to retrieve 1st.

If this machine use an outdated Operating System then it needs to be upgraded anyway.

 

Win 7Upgrade Outdated Operating Systems and Applications

When Operating Systems and applications lose extended support they are no longer patched for security issues. When they lose regular support they are no longer get upgraded features.

Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 lost extended support and are open to attacks. We strongly suggest you upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 10. Windows 8 is not an upgrade path that most folks would want to consider.

If you must use Windows XP then use a browser that gets updates like Chrome or Firefox. Definitely don't use Internet Explorer on Windows XP.

Better yet disconnect your XP machine from the Internet and your network.

Upgrade Windows Xp to Windows 7 or Windows 10

Windows Server 2003 Small Business Systems (SBS) and Server 2003 lost extended support on July 14, 2015.