If your computer is infected with a worm virus, it’s not necessarily the end of the world. In fact, in most cases, a worm virus can be removed — for free. Before we dive into the free ways to remove a worm virus, it’s important to understand exactly what worm virus are, the different kinds, and what problems each can cause.
What are worm viruses?
Worm viruses are malicious software programs. Most are referred to as “Trojans” or just “worms.” Other malicious software programs or “malware,” Trojans, and worms can cause damage to your computer and in some cases, these malicious software programs can damage your computer beyond repair.
A Trojan, also called “Trojan Horse,” will present itself as a helpful program, but once installed on your computer, it will wreak havoc on your system almost immediately. Trojans may appear in the form of files or software programs that have been sent from a legitimate source. The Trojan will install itself and a number of things can happen. Some Trojans will simply rearrange your desktop or add annoying icons to your desktop and others will delete entire files. Some of the more advanced Trojans can open the door to predators will steal your identity. These types of Trojans can give users unlimited access to your system. Trojans do not reproduce or replicate. Worms, on the other hand, can reproduce, self-replicate, and infect other files.
Worms are a sub-class of viruses. They can spread from computer to computer, travel across networks and copy your address book and send them out to everyone in it. Worms can freeze or disable entire servers. Some of the most sophisticated worms can actually tunnel into your computer and give users remote access to your computer. One of the most notorious of these is the Blaster Worm. The Blaster Worm, created in part by an 18-year-old kid from Minnesota back in 2003, spread on computers running Windows XP and Windows 2000. This worm virus was also called “Lovsan” and “Lovesan.”
To get rid of malicious software there are several free worm remover software tool downloads available on the web. It is important to make sure that that the worm remover tool download is from a trusted source. If you are running Windows, stick with Microsoft software downloads. Microsoft offers its “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool” free of charge for its Windows operating system. The great thing about this free Trojan and worm removal tool is that it updates once a month and reports if malicious software is found.
Other malware and worm remover tools include: Norton AntiVirus and McAfee Antivirus. These software programs are not free. It is important to note that while the Microsoft Software Removal Tool helps remove infections, it does not prevent them. If you want added security, it’s best to install Norton or McAfee as well.
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software including Blaster Worm, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder. Version 1.30 adds Win32/Allaple to the list of malicious software this tool detects.
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