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How to Remove Malware in Windows Free and Without an Antivirus

Arsen Karapetyan

Malware is a piece of software that was made to get inside your computer and damage is without you knowing it. Malware is a term that we use to describe viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, rootkits and many more.

This article is for those who already have malware. But if you would like to protect yourself from malware in the future, make sure to check out our guide on how to protect your computer from malware free using a simple DNS setup via Cloudflare.

Malware can not only harm your data, but it can also affect your computer performance by slowing it down and causing stability issues.

The good news is that you don't have to have an antivirus program on your computer to detect and remove malware. Windows 10 has a built in malware removal tool. It will detect and try to remove malware, but I would still recommend installing a robust antivirus program.

Windows Defender is a great free alternative to the existing paid antivirus solutions. If you can't purchase an antivirus, you should absolutely ensure that your Windows Defender antivirus is properly installed and configured.

How to Remove Malware in Windows without an Antivirus?

  1. Go to your search bar in Windows and type in "CMD". This will bring up the command prompt option at the top
  2. Right-click on the "Command prompt" icon and select "Run as administrator"
  3. Type this command: attrib -s -h *.* /s /d and press Enter
  4. The Windows malicious removal tool will do its job and, hopefulle remove what has been causing you issues.

Remember that there are many other virus cleaner tools out there and that the computer virus removal is something you should take seriously. This article describes how to remove malware from Windows 10, but there are also other versions of WIndows.

If you don't use Windows 10, you might not have Windows Defender installed by default. Consider downloading it for your Windows 8 and below here

And of course, the alternative way of how to get rid of a virus from PC, is to purchase an antivirus like Kaspersky, Norton Antivirus, Panda Antivirus and many others.

I hope you have enjoyed it. If you want to know how to improve your PC performance further, here is a great quick read with 15 Top Tricks: How To Make Your Computer Faster & Speed Up Your Windows 10 PC in 2020 – 2021!