Everyday we are seeing newer forms of malware that are harder to detect. If these malware infect your system, then they may not only corrupt your files, they can also steal your personal and financial information too. If you suspect that your computer is infected with any sort of malware, then you can scan it with the free Norman Malware Cleaner. It is a free Windows tool that can help you remove various types of malware from an infected Windows computer.
Norman Malware Cleaner can be downloaded from the Norman ASA website. You have to supply your email address before the download link is visible. The download is a huge 227 MB file. It is a standalone portable tool and does not require to be installed. After you run the downloaded file Norman_Malware_Cleaner.exe, you would see a window where you can select the scan mode from the Quick mode, Full mode or the Custom mode. The Quick mode scans computer for active threats and the most common malware, full mode scans every file on your hard disk and in the custom mode you can specify what you want to scan for.
It is suggested that you choose the Full scan mode if you suspect your system to be infected, so that all of the files on your system are scanned. After selecting a scan mode, click on the Start button to start the scanning process. The scanning would take a longer time if your have selected full scan mode or if your hard disk has many files. On the other hand, the quick mode takes only around 2-3 minutes to scan. When the scanning is finished, you would be able to see the results under the Results tab.
You do not have to take any action when a malware is detected. Norman Malware Cleaner automatically removes the infected files and quarantines the files or registry entries that cannot be fixed. You can restore the quarantined items if you think they are not infected from the Quarantine tab. You can also change the scanning options before the scanning through the Options tab, where you can select options like scanning inside archives, scan for FakeAV, scan inside memory, clean the detected items, scan for rootkits, scan for potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and more.
Norman Malware Cleaner is a great tool for Windows systems that are already infected with malware. It is a portable tool so you can keep it on your USB key and help your friends if they get infectd by malware. Though Norman Malware Cleaner is good at cleaning infected systems, it is not a substitute for a regular antivirus product. It does not offer realtime protection for which you should install an antivirus product on your system.
You can download Norman Malware Cleaner from http://safeground.norman.com/…/malware_cleaner.