Remove malware from Windows 10 (Complete Guide)

At this time of writing, the upgrade process for Windows 10 is started in parts of the world. The deployment in each country will start immediately after midnight on July 29. According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this operating system is a milestone for Microsoft and the industry. But malware will be available to for Windows 10, just as it was for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is already upgraded and supported – MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for Windows 10. According to MalwareBytes blog-post you should only upgrade from Microsoft Official sources without “Activators”. The un-official “Activators” are found on YouTube spreading adware.

Microsoft 10 now supports the Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI). AMSI is a generic interface standard that allows applications and services to integrate with any anti-malware product present on a computer. It provides enhanced malware protection for users and their data.

AMSI is anti-malware vendor agnostic, designed to allow for the most common malware scanning and protection techniques provided by today’s anti-malware products that can be integrated into applications. It supports a calling structure allowing for file and memory or stream scanning, content source URL/IP reputation checks, and other techniques.

When you are infected with malware in general terms, it’s good to know that there are free tools available to remove malware from Windows for free. We made a list for you to scan your computer for malware and remove it for free.

Windows 10 – Malware Removal tools


Step 1 – Remove adware and PUPs from Windows 10 with AdwCleaner

Step 2 – Remove malware from Windows 10 with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Step 3 – Remove BHO’s and Extensions from your browser on Windows 10 with AVAST Browser Cleanup

adwcleanerRemove adware and PUPs from Windows 10 using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan for Windows 10 malicious files in your computer and browser.
The AdwCleaner tool will scan for malicious Services, Folders, Files, Shortcuts, Registry keys and Browser Extensions for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. After the scan you can remove the found malicious items using AdwCleaner and clean your computer and browser(s).

download Download AdwCleaner

warningNotice: if you have problems downloading AdwCleaner, because of popups that keep opening when clicking a link because of adware
Goto this url:

  • Before running AdwCleaner, close all open programs and browsers.
  • Select the executable for AdwCleaner you just downloaded from the link above.
  • Accept their terms by clicking the “ I Agree” button

adwcleaner terms

  • Select the Scan button to start scanning your computer and browser for malicious files.

adwcleaner scan

  • to remove the malicious items found by AdwCleaner using the detection Scan, select the Cleaning button.

adwcleaner cleaning

  • Make sure to close all open programs and browser(s) to continue removing the detected items from your computer.
  • Click OK to continue.

adwcleaner close programs - save work

  • Your computer is rebooted after the removal process.

malwarebytesRemove malware from Windows 10 with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


downloadDownload MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free’s industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a scan. It’s that simple.
Or if you want even better protection, consider Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and its instant real-time scanner that automatically prevents malware and websites from infecting your PC.
Either way you’re crushing malware and foiling hackers.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware works great alongside Antivirus software, both MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and Antivirus software go along and provide the best protection for your computer.

informationInstall MalwareBytes Anti-Malware using it’s installation wizard.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware needs no configs or specific settings, just install and you are ready to scan your computer for malware and free removal.


  • Select Scan Now to perform a anti-malware scan.

malwarebytes - scan now

  • Malwarebytes computer is scanning for malicious items, this might take a while, please wait for MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to finish.

malwarebytes - scanning process

  • When the detection scan is finished, a window appears with the malware found by MalwareBytes.
    To remove the found malware from your computer, select the Remove Selected button.

malwarebytes - remove selected

  • All found items will be put in quarantine, if MalwareBytes Anti-Malware requires to a reboot to do so, please allow MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to reboot Windows.

malwarebytes - finished

avast_logoRemove BHO’s and Extensions from your browser with AVAST Browser Cleanup

download Download AVAST Browser Cleanup

  • Open Avast Browser Cleanup
  • Review the browser extensions with a poor reputation, found by Avast Browser Cleanup. You can remove them separately or select the Remove all add-ons button in the top right corner ( recommended).

avast browser cleanup - remove all extensions

  • Select your default Search Provider, either Yahoo or Bing, choose one.

avast browser cleanup - select search provider

  • All extensions are now successfully removed from your browser(s). If you would like to reset or remove other extensions from your browser, use the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome button on the left menu in Avast Browser Cleanup.

avast browser cleanup - all extensions removed

  • To Reset your browser, select Reset Settings
  • Select Exclude add-ons with a good rating to review possible other extensions that might cause ads.
  • Select Remove to remove a extension
  • Repeat this step for either Firefox and Google Chrome using the left menu.

avast browser cleanup - remove individual extensions

information If you still experience problems malware on Windows 10 you should run a scan with Emsisoft Anti-Malware using this instruction.


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