Best virus removal tools for Windows 10 [2021 Guide]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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If your computer is malware-infected, you should remove the threat as soon as possible. If your antivirus couldn’t detect and block malware from infecting your PC in the first place, use one of the following virus removal tools to clean it.

Before we dive in, we strongly suggest you to check out some of the best antivirus software for your Windows PC to avoid falling prey to malware again.

Clean computer of malware with these tools

1. Bitdefender Antivirus (recommended)

Bitdefender Antivirus removes all malware installed on your computer and prevents future malware attacks as well.

This solution identifies malware installed on your PC and removes it in the blink of an eye.

Bitdefender has had the best malware detection rate in the cybersecurity industry for the past 5 years. Artificial Intelligence-backed algorithms and other revolutionary technologies will instantly detect and remove threats, without affecting your PC‘s performance.

The company offers several antivirus packages, each suitable for specific categories of users. For more information about the available antivirus packages, check out our reviews: Bitdefender Internet Security  and Bitdefender Total Security .

2. Spy Hunter (suggested)

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SpyHunter is a highly effective malware removing tool created to help the average computer user in
removing malicious threats from their PC.

As malware continues to evolve and become more sophisticated to avoid detection by anti-spyware/anti-virus programs, SpyHunter responds with advanced technology to stay one step ahead of today’s threats.  It offers additional customization capabilities to ensure that every user is able to customize SpyHunter for their specific needs.

SpyHunter has the ability to detect and remove rootkits, which are used to stealth install ransomware,  rogue anti-spyware programs, trojans and other security threats. Rootkits use hidden and encrypted files and folders to avoid detection  by traditional security software.

SpyHunter’s has an advanced rootkit detection technology which performs an instant rootkit scan. The tool will then ask the user to reboot the computer and will remove the found rootkits it from the PC during the reboot process.

3. Malwarebytes 3 (suggested)

Malwarebytes 3 is an excellent security software that detects and removes malware and advanced threats, preventing them from degrading PC performance or attacking your system.

The software relies on four layers of malware-crushing technology: anti-malware, anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, and malicious website protection.

The tool can detect and remove all malware types, including adware and Trojans. The scanning process usually takes only a few minutes to complete. In other words, malware won’t be sticking around for too long if you scan your PC regularly.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is light, and doesn’t take much space on your drive. You can test Malwarebytes 3 for free for 14 days and get full real-time protection. After the 14 days are up, Malwarebytes 3 reverts to limited free version that will only disinfect your computer after an attack.

4. Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

The Redmond giant offers Windows users a dedicated Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to keep computers free from prevalent malware. Microsoft’s malware removal tool detects and removes threats, reversing the changes made by malware.

After the tool has scanned your computer and removed threats, it displays a report that lists the threats. It also generates the %windir%debug foldermrt.log log file that you can use to get more details about the threat that affected your PC.

Keep in mind that this tool doesn’t replace full-fledged antivirus solutions. The MSRT targets particular malware families only.

Microsoft rolls out the MSRT on a monthly basis through Windows Update. You can also download the standalone tool from Microsoft’s website.

5. Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

If nasty malware sneaked into your computer, Kaspersky is here to save the day. The company offers a powerful virus and spyware removal tool that can detect and remove all the known threats found in your system.

Kaspersky’s Virus Removal Tool is a free product that detects malware, adware, riskware and other similar threats. After disinfecting your PC, don’t forget to restart your computer to remove any malware traces left.

After downloading the tool, simply open the downloaded file to install and launch the software. If you’re having problems launching the tool, try opening it in Safe Mode.

The user interface is very friendly and intuitive: all you need to do is hit the scan button and resume your work. The scanning process will continue in the background.

You can download Kaspersky’s Virus Removal Tool from here.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other antivirus software, check out our wide collection of guides.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.