How to Figure Out if Your Computer Has a Virus

By Woody Leonhard

If you think you’re computer running Windows 10 is infected with some sort of creepy-crawly malware, there’s at least a 90 percent chance that it isn’t. The worst malware is almost impossible to detect. Kind of gives you a warm feeling, doesn’t it?

Viruses and their ilk aren’t nearly as popular these days as they were just five or ten years ago. Writing a garden-variety virus is getting harder and harder, and the folks who make the effort are likely to be after money, not glory or havoc.

If you think you have a virus, head over to Malwarebytes . Put together a single post that describes, precisely, why you think you have a virus. (No, don’t say, “I turned on my Microsoft and it won’t run,” please.) Carefully document exactly what you do, and what the computer does, that makes you think you’re infected.

The folks at Malwarebytes have an enormous amount of experience in dealing with malware of all types. They may — probably will — ask you to run certain diagnostic programs and post the results. If you do exactly as instructed, you may well find that you didn’t have a virus after all.