Best Malware Removal Apps 2018

How many of us are utterly dependent on our PCs for professional work, routine tasks and more? The answer to that is in chorus: All of us. Imagine having to lose or corrupt some sensitive data on your personal computer in the hands of ‘malicious software’ that is abbreviated as malware. Would that not be a nightmare?

What is Malware?

Malware is software that is designed with a malicious intent to gain uninvited access to a personal computer or to corrupt the computer without the user’s knowledge. A Malware can take many forms. It can be in the form of spyware, keyloggers, actual viruses, worms, etc. It can be any in the form of “malicious” code that finds its way into a PC to malfunction it.

No matter how careful and secure you get over maintaining your personal computers, with malware you can never be too cautious. PCs are very vulnerable to malware attacks even if you have the help of a high-end anti-malware software.

Prevention is always better than the cure, especially when it comes to your system security. Perhaps the ideal way to steer clear of any malware attacks is to run regular checks on your PC to detect any presence of malware and immediately remove any traces of it from your system.

Symptoms that your PC is infected with Malware:

  • Your system is slowing down, be the speed of the internet or execution of PC applications
  • Unwanted and unexpected popup windows on the screen
  • Your system crashes regularly and unexpectedly
  • Suspicious hard drive activity such as disk failure
  • Running out of storage space in hard drive
  • Unusual high network activity, e.g., files downloading from the internet without your prompt
  • Unusual messages or popups
  • Programs starting without your prompt
  • Antivirus or security software fails to function
  • Your friends or acquaintances complain that they are receiving strange messages from you

If anyone or few of the signs listed above may turn up on your PC, it is recommended that you immediately check for any malware or antivirus.

Best Malware Removal Apps 2018:

This article is dedicated to reviewing the ten best malware removal tools that can be installed in your PCs to detect any hidden malware. This list includes both free, on trial and paid malware tools; you take your pick for Android, Windows, and Mac.

1) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes works as the most efficient and popular software when it comes to malware detection and removal. Packed with tons of different features and menus, Malwarebytes is promising software for both home and commercial use.

Most anti-malware software is unable to function smoothly alongside anti-viruses programs and may need to be uninstalled before you could execute a malware software. But with Malwarebytes, you will not face much hassle as it does not hinder and runs fine with other antivirus programs installed on the system. This tool is available in both basic and premium versions which have their perks.

The basic version of Malwarebytes is strong and wipes and detects any malware for good. Users can also opt for Malwarebytes Premium version which provides scheduled scanning, phishing & hacking protection and many other system security measures.

Available for:

  • Windows 8.1,
  • Windows 8,
  • Windows 7,
  • Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit),
  • Windows XP (32-bit),
  • Android

2) BitDefender Internet Security

Although this software is not entirely dedicated to malware removal, it works great in clearing your PC from any malware as effectively as any other malware tool. Created by a popular software manufacturer firm, BitDefender Internet Security packs the features of a good malware-removal tool along with the protected browsing on the web. It also provides a user with a two-way firewall. With BitDefender users can enjoy the security of being malware-free and a safe web surfing.

Other features that BitDefender has for its users including remote management of the solution, USB Immunizer to get rid of viruses, autopilot, OneClick Optimizer and much more.

Available for:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android

3) Panda Free Antivirus

Perhaps the biggest perks of using Panda Free Antivirus are its simple user interface and free availability (as the name suggests). It is designed to function as light antivirus software that is also proficient in scanning for malware and other corruptive files. Other great features of this free software process monitor, URL filtering settings and protected browsing. For free and light software, Panda Free Antivirus is a good find. As it is light antivirus malware tool, it can be easily installed in any version of Windows for an ensured, simple yet effective performance.

Available for:

  • Windows (all versions)

4) Spybot Search & Destroy

Upholding its popular reputation and positive reviews from all types of users, Spybot Search & Destroy can be your ultimate solution to salvage your PC from malware. It provides a speedy, smooth and effective execution without interfering with any of the antivirus systems on your PC. Spybot Search & Destroy is available for free to private users along with paid version that is ideal for commercial use.

The paid version has become the commercial preference for businesses with many PCs.  The free version of Spybot provides anti-malware protection, spyware protection and many other security settings that can clean your systems of any virus threat. Spybot Search and Destroy is as determined and capable as its name suggests.

Available for:

  • Windows

5) Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

We all want to get our hands on an antivirus and anti-malware tool that offers greater workability and consumes fewer resources. In that category, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is a remarkable choice. It functions both as antivirus software and an anti-malware removal software. For software that is free, you get high-security features such as safeguarding your download items, getting automatic threat updates, protected browsing and much more. All features are aimed to make your PC as secure as possible. A paid version of Ad-Aware Antivirus is also available.

Available for:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 (32 & 64 bit),
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) (32 & 64 bit),
  • Vista (SP2) (32 & 64 bit),
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32 bit)

6) AVG Antivirus 2015

They say old is gold. You can say the same about AVG Antivirus 2015 that is still popular and worthwhile software to use in the year 2017. It functions a security tool to safeguard your personal computers from not only malware but other system threats too. AVG Antivirus 2015 is not restricted to providing an effective antivirus protection, but it also packs features such as link protection, email protection, encryption of data, file shredder and much more. It is a shield against all security threats that may make your PC vulnerable to virus or malware.

Available for:

  • Windows,
  • Android,
  • Mac,
  • iOS

7) SUPER Anti Spyware

Be it small or large threats looming inside your personal computer, with SUPERAntiSpyware you can troubleshoot all. It is a powerful tool that is designed to detect any attacking malware and prevent it from spreading by immediately working against it. It functions as a malware tool, a powerful antivirus, and a scanning tool and can perform all these jobs very well.

Other features packed into a paid version of this tool include real-time blocking, email notifications, reduced use of system resources, and scheduled scanning.

Available for:

  • Windows

8) Microsoft Security Essentials

If you are using Microsoft OS, then it is worth a shot considering using this software that is optimized to fit all the security needs for your PC. It works effectively as an antivirus, malware detector and remover and system protector. Since it is software designed and launched by Microsoft Corporation itself, you can run it on your PC with confidence. Microsoft Security Essentials has a very simple interface with basic but useful features.

Available for: Windows 7 and Windows Vista

9) KasperSky Internet Security 2015

The list for best malware removal will be incomplete without mentioning Kaspersky Internet Security 2015, which is remained to be reliable software for users for a considerable length of time. It functions as an antivirus, malware remover and an over system guard for all PCs. With the speed at which Internet is becoming a huge aspect of our personal and professional lives, it is a commendable decision to have a tool that provides you security on the web as well as from malware and viruses. It acts as a shield against any threat that is poised to make your PC vulnerable to any harm.

Available for: Windows

10) ESET Smart Security 8

Another great software for PC security is ESET Smart Security that offers users something extra than the malware removal feature. It works to protect the system from different threats, corrupt files, downloaded virus, etc. Needless to say, the Internet is not entirely a very secure place for all users, so it is prudent for us to keep a PC guard like ESET Smart Security to address all security laggings in the PC.

Available for: Windows

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. Hardware expert for Gaming & Crypto mining rigs. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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