Malware removal

A variety of tools are available for removing malware, however to guarantee malware is removed, a complete re-installation of the operating system is essential.

When a computer has been infected by malware, you will need to:

  1. Remove the compromised computer from the network: shut off and/or unplug  from the network.
  2. Notifiy the Service Desk for assistace.
  3. If a complete operating system re-installation is not an option, please follow these steps to try and remove malware:
  4. Reset all passwords including ones for external sites you may have visited from the compromised computer.
  5. Notify the Service Desk that the computer is ready to be put back on the network.

To help prevent systems from being compromised or attracting malicious software in the future:

  • Ensure all systems and applications are kept up-to-date.
  • Be cautious of opening any attachments, media, or software distributed to you online.
  • Install and keep anti virus software up-to-date
  • Do not run your browser or other applications as root or administrator unless required
  • Use a link advisor plugin for your browser to alert you of known bad websites
  • Keep a backup of any critical data such as photos, research or assignments