Removing Desktop.ini Virus

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    It has been two days now since the Desktop.ini virus first appeared on my computer. The file is visible on my desktop and almost every folder on my PC. I really don’t know where I got this Desktop.ini malware. Previously, I have downloaded and installed a free video downloader tool. I think it was a week or so prior to this new infection. So, I don’t think that it is in any way related to Desktop.ini.

    Aside from downloading that program, my daily routine on internet is simply web browsing and downloading emails. There were no signs of malware attack during those activities. So, having this Desktop.ini suddenly is a shock to me. It instantly appears on the computer.

    I did run anti-virus scan but no virus infection was found. It comes out clean. I really don’t know what to do to get rid of Desktop.ini all over the hard drive. Please help me.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Self Help Guide

    For easy and free removal of Desktop.ini, we suggest that you carry out the following instructions. We will use only free and effective malware removal tools on this procedure.

    1. Download the following Desktop.ini removal tools

    Click to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
    Click to download Adware Cleaner

    Once downloaded, install the programs using default configuration. No need to change on the current settings. Updating may be necessary after the installation.

    2. Reboot computer in safe mode

    Rebooting the computer in Windows Safe Mode reduces the effectiveness of Desktop.ini and other malware. Most malware and virus do not function fully while in Safe Mode. You may also scan the PC on normal boot-up; hence, we may not guarantee the efficiency of virus removal.

    3. Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-malware

    – Open Malwarebytes Anti-malware
    – On the main window, click on Scan tab
    – Make sure that Threat Scan (Recommended) is selected
    – Click on Start Scan button to start finding Desktop.ini and other malicious programs
    – After the scan, select all identified threats and click on Remove Selected button
    – If it prompts you that computer needs to be restarted, please select No
    – Close Malwarebytes Anti-malware program

    4. Run another scan using AdwCleaner

    – Open AdwCleaner.
    – Once opened, click on Scan button to search for malicious applications including Desktop.ini.
    – To remove Desktop.ini including all detected adware and malware, click on the Clean button.
    – AdwCleaner will prompt you to close any running application as it will need to restart the computer.
    – Click OK to restart the computer.

    After restarting the computer, you may run additional virus scanner if anti-virus is installed.

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