How to Completely Remove Viruses and/or Malware

Recently I was on the search for some new fonts for my image editor. I found a site that listed other sites with free fonts. What I didn’t know, until it was too late, was that these links were actually redirecting me to another site to download malware. I went to the first site and clicked on the download link. However, what began to download was something called iLivid. When I started the setup iLivid I noticed it wanted to change my home page, default search engine, and add a browser bar.

Now I am not a newbie on the Internet, but these guys almost had me install their crapware. I canceled the install, but unfortunately it had already downloaded to my computer. Doing a little research about iLivid I discovered that it was indeed malware, and even some people considered it a virus.

Even though I hadn’t installed the software it still would ask me to install it ever time I loaded my computer. Below are some instructions (that I don’t want to forget) that walk you through diving into your system’s registry and removing anything vicious. As with anything dealing with your registry be careful what you delete. You have the potential to really screw up your computer.

How to remove uninstall malware from your computer:

1. Go to your start menu and type in “regedit” (without the quotation marks) into your Start Search bar.
2. It will take 30 seconds or so for your system to pull up your registry, but once it does go to Edit and Find in the registry menu bar.
3. Type in ilivid.exe (if you are trying to remove ilivid, or whatever executable file you downloaded), then delete all entries.

You can do this also with anything that has installed search bars.

For those who are not familiar with regedit here is Microsoft’s official word on the matter:

The Microsoft Registry Editor (regedit.exe) enables you to view, search for, and change settings in your system registry, which contains information about how your computer runs. Although you can use Registry Editor to inspect and modify the registry, doing so is not recommended, as making incorrect changes can damage your system.

You might need to use Registry Editor, with assistance from a technical support professional, in order to adjust certain system settings.
Regedit.exe is automatically installed during setup and is stored in same folder as is Windows.

To start Regedit.exe

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type Regedit, and then click OK.

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