How do I look for malware on my computer?

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malware
Security
Spyware
I need advice. I know I have malware, or VPN/spyware. I think I got it by a former associate/employee. I have found, on accident, a hidden file. How can I search for these types of files and installations with moderate computer skills. What do I look for?


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  • Subhendu Sen
    "I know I have malware, or VPN/spyware". How did you know that, there are malwares/ spywares! What symptoms indicates that there are viruses. Please clear it first. Now next query is searching hidden files, if you know there are viruses, so assuming that you also know the procedure of search of hidden files. Accidentally you got this one, but how?! Is the employee accidentally gave it to you. If possible, please disclose more details here.
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  • ToddN2000
    There are a lot of good free anti virus programs out there. Some of my favorites are MWAV, Spybot Search and Destroy, Malwarebytes.
    They are all slightly different in as what they will find. Usually you need to run more than 1 at times as they may not all have their databases of know viruses up to date.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As of my experience, MWAV is one of the best free virus scanner/ remover, which works as emergency basis and of course, it is recommended to run in safe mode for first time for getting better result.
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