How to stop malicious processes?

by Gabriel E. Hall - -

If your computer is infected and you decided to remove your virus manually, you will need to kill malicious processes. Of course, we don’t recommend eliminating viruses manually if you are not computer savvy because you can easily damage your PC system. In this case, you should use reputable anti-malware, such as SpyHunter or STOPzilla, that can easily help you to remove viruses automatically. However, what can be done when virus, which is inside your computer, doesn’t allow you to install anti-malware program on the system or blocks it when you try to launch it for its removal? The answer is the same – you will need to stop malicious processes. How can you do that? Basically, you have options:

Kill malicious processes using task manager:

  • In order to open Task Manager, you should pressctrl+shift+esc or ctrl+alt+del at the same time.
  • As soon as Task Manager shows up, select Process tab and look for malicious processes on menu.
  • Right-click them and select End. For the best results, you should select these processes just after windows login.

If your virus acts aggressively and keeps Task manager disabled, go to Start -> Run and type ‘taskmgr‘ without the commas or go straight to C:\Windows\System32, copy taskmgr and rename it to iexplorer.exe or similar name. Now launch the tool and perform previously explained steps.

If you disabled correct malicious processes, you should notice how annoying alerts and similar virus symptoms disappear. However, keep in mind that this procedure doesn’t REMOVE virus completely. In order to do that, you should continue malware removal by scanning the system with reliable anti-spyware.

Stop malicious processes using safe mode:

For stopping malicious processes, you can also use safe mode with networking. To enter this mode, follow these steps:

  • Reboot your computer and start pressing F8 as soon as your PC starts booting up.
  • Now select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Now you should notice that your virus with all its symptoms disappeared. This means that you have successfully killed malicious its processes.

Now it’s time to launch your anti-spyware and run a full system scan in order to remove infected files and folders.

Kill malicious processes using Taskkill:

If your affected computer runs Windows, you can try using Taskkill and its /IM option that allows killing processes by process ID or image name. This tool is very effective when trying to kill a rogue application. However, you should note that this command tool is available only when you exactly know names of malicious processes.

  • In order to open taskkill, click Start → run.
  • Now enter taskkill/f/im [malicious process name].
  • Press Enter.

Once you finish this procedure, you should scan your computer with reliable anti-spyware to finish your virus removal.

Disable malicious processes using Process Explorer:

Process Explorer not only helps people to kill malicious processes. It also shows information about currently active processes and their locations. In order to use it for blocking malicious processes, follow these steps:

Now scan your computer with SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware and complete virus removal.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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Gabriel E. Hall is a passionate malware researcher who has been working for 2-spyware for almost a decade.

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  1. Vad.Ka. says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Best way to control and kill processes by third-party software “Process lasso” or “AnVir Task manager”.
    These programs free of charge and they will help you to see and control(and kill forever) all malicious processes in your system.

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