To remove malware from Windows 8.1, follow these steps:

1. Update your antivirus software: Ensure that your antivirus program is up to date with the latest virus definitions.

2. Run a full system scan: Perform a comprehensive scan of your computer using your antivirus software. It will detect and remove any malware present on your system.

3. Use Windows Defender: Windows 8.1 has a built-in security tool called Windows Defender. Open it, go to the “Update” tab, and click on “Update” to ensure it has the latest definitions. Then, go to the “Home” tab and click on “Scan now” to perform a full system scan.

4. Use an anti-malware tool: Consider using additional anti-malware software, such as Malwarebytes, to perform a secondary scan and remove any remaining threats.

5. Remove suspicious programs: Go to the Control Panel and uninstall any unfamiliar or suspicious programs that you don’t remember installing.

6. Clear browser extensions: Check your web browsers for any suspicious or unwanted extensions and remove them.

7. Reset web browsers: Resetting your web browsers can remove any malicious settings or extensions. In the browser settings, look for the option to reset or restore.

Elaria Changed status to publish September 14, 2023