How can I identify programs that are a threat to my computer?
Question by Zaihan Ahmad /

Many viruses or threats mask themselves as an important program, which make me curious about wanting to delete them or not. They appear in Task Manager program section, which uses a name that looks important, but maybe it actually is a threat to my computer.

What can I do to know if they are dangerous and how to get rid of them? And how to find hidden virus file and how to remove them completely?

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  • Md Nur-Un-Nabi Tutul

    Use a reputed anti virus or internet software such as bitdefender, kaspersky, panda, avast, Avg etc….& u can also use iobit malware as well …u can download trail version if u don’t want to buy one….anyways to keep your pc secure u need a system security….

  • Rakesh Mishra

    u can use best liscence antivirus such as bitdefender , etc

  • Daniel Ooi

    You should always avoid clicking / download programs that you do not use. Microsoft Security Essential is a good tool for detecting virus. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/security-essentials-download

  • dhanunjayarao chunduri

    try anvir task manager
    http://www.anvir.com/

  • Terafall

    Usually I upload those files to https://www.virustotal.com/

  • Boni Oloff

    Install antivirus, nothing you can do without it.

  • Aniket Singh

    simple use a good anti virus software….no anti virus are important

    • Aniket Singh

      i mean no virus are important….u can remove it…and avoid using lot of software which is have no use

  • Dimal Chandrasiri

    if you are not technical enough of figuring what is important, and what is not, you want be asking the question here! :) ( NO offence ) but I would recommend you not to mess with the programs if you are not certain what they do. some tasks that run in the background are actually drivers which allow hardware to function as expected. if you mess something with one of them you’ll probably have to install that driver again! worst case scenario you’ll have to install windows all over again! use a good security software and monitor the usage of suspicious software! do a google search about the file that makes you worry! if it’s bad, use an uninstaller like revo uninstaller to uninstall! this will be clean and if you’ve done anything wrong you will be able you restore back easily!

  • Saikat Basu

    Also, check processes running via your Task Manager. You can use a program like Process Hacker [http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/monitor-computer-process-hacker/] or similar programs which can identify all processes in a non-geeky way. You can use a site like – http://www.tasklist.org/.

    Check out these links for more information:

    Is there any way to determine which program is running a given process in the Windows task manager? [http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/determine-program-running-process-windows-task-manager/]

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