The best free windows Virus Removal and tuneup tools
Below I would like to share with you the best tools I have found to aid in virus removal and computer tune-ups. All the tools have a useful free option and some are entirely free.
Adw cleaner will clean up adware from your browsers. I use this tool to clean the browsers such as internet explorer and chrome. It removes popups and will help especially if the browsers are too infected to use effectively. After using this tool I proceed to more intensive virus removal tools.
Malwarebytes Anti Malware
This tool has a free option which is great in detecting and removing virus, malware and unwanted programs. The free option allows you to update manually (make sure the virus database is updated before running a scan). A scan takes from 20 minutes up to 1 hour to complete.
The paid version is great value (approximately $25 a year) and will actively protect you from malicious websites by blocking them.
This is not technically a virus removal tool. I highly recommend using chrome as the default browser and installing chrome adblock. This tool will prevent adverts from loading. This will make websites load faster and will protect you from some malicious adverts.
This tool is my last resort on heavily infected machines which Malwarebytes Anti Malware can not completely clean. It requires free registration with your e-mail address for a 1 month trial licence. You can opt for a free one time scan also.
Programs and Features
This is actually a feature of windows 7 and 8. It is very useful to open this tool and arrange the list by date installed. Usually the most recent installations a unwanted and annoying softwares. This tool should be used with caution as you can uninstall useful programs.
Ccleaner (Crap Cleaner)
This tool analyzes and removed temporary unnecessary files. It has many options which i prefer not to use as it can damage the computer. the default options for freeing up disk space are useful and if not run in the past, this tool will free up a lot of storage space.
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast have a free antivirus option which I find is the best of the free offerings. It requires an email for registration for 1 year. This is a good tool to install after having cleaned a computer from infection.