32 Go-To Security Forums for Free Malware Removal Help
Affected by malware? Bookmark this useful list of security forums to solve your malware issues.
Where do you find help when your system is affected by malware?
We know what you think: This can’t happen to me.
Don’t be so sure, especially today when advanced data stealing malware remains hidden on a system for months retrieving sensitive information and we only find out about it when it’s already too late.
Will you try to disinfect the system by yourself, ask help from a friend, call a specialized company that deals with malware or maybe address the issue on a security forum where many others encountered your problem and already found a solution?
We think the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to solve your malware issue is on a security forum. But with so many of them out there, which one should you choose?
We have organized a list of security/ malware forums below, places where you can find professional insight and assistance when you’re in trouble.
The security forums from this list can help you on a variety of topics, from best practices, how-to articles to security news and friendly advice. So, feel free to bookmark the article and use it accordingly.
1. Major Geeks
Major Geeks is the place where you find not just a good malware section in the support forum, but looking through the website, one can find shareware downloads, reviews and advice for beginners to improve the computer performance.
This security website provides step-by-step instructions on removing malware, security news, useful articles and free utilities that can help removing malicious software from the system.
A very well organized forum that addresses many online security issues, from spyware, malware, Windows problems, networking to hardware related subjects. The tech support articles are a good source of information to stay up-to-date.
This forum defines itself as a community of volunteers who provide IT knowledge and answer technical questions. The Spyware/ Malware/ Virus Removal section contains instructions to solve common spyware/ malware infections. Only trained people are allowed to offer help with infection removal processes.
5. Geeks To Go!
Geeks To Go define themselves as a helpful hub, where you can find answers and support for your malware and technical questions. These answers include malware removal, how-to guides and tutorials.
This malware removal website is specialized more than anything on fighting against malicious software and the Removal Guide category offers over 800 useful articles.
This forum defines itself as providing free of charge malware removal help from well-trained helpers and security experts to people with infected systems. A malware library of tips and tricks is available.
8. PC Pitstop
The forum from PC Pitstop offers valuable information on removing malware, technical advice on evaluation in case of infection.
DSLReports is an online location where you can find security news, technical information and reviews on software. Their forum on security and privacy addresses technical issues and malware removal tools.
Bleeping Computer is one of the best security forums online and we recognize it as a source of inspiration for all of us. It defines itself as a community that provides free original content and tutorials that anyone can understand.
11. Gizmo’s Freeware
In this place you can find some of the best freeware programs available online. As the editors say, some of them are better than the commercial versions. Therefore, use this website for “honest advice and useful guidance”.
12. Malware Tips
Malware Tips forum is an online community where you can find security news, how-to articles and guides, troubleshooting, technical and malware advices.
This forum contains a good spyware/ malware removal section and plenty of sections where you can find advice related to computer software, from anti-spyware tools, scanners to antivirus and Trojan protection utilities.
This forum addresses malware issues by providing useful information and a removal section where users can get help. You can also find solutions to general security issues and spyware removal data, hardware and software problems.
The Malwarebytes forum, from the renowned security provider, comes with a malware removal section and an FAQ area that you can use. It also offers a Tools section and a general computer support area, where you can find self-help articles and general computer help.
Virus and Malware Removal forum from TechSpot, the PC technology publication, comes with product guides, software recommendations and technical advice on software issues and malware problems.
17. Cyber Tech Help
This security forum which counts over 100,000 members is another place where you can find free assistance and help in case you have a technical problem or a malware affecting your system. At the same time, it is a very good location for tutorials and news articles and we recommend it.
18. Spybot Forum
The malware removal forum from Spybot – one of the best malware and rootkit removal tools online – provides free help and analysis in case of infection.
19. Tech Support Guy
This malware forum has been in the online for the last 15 years providing free technical support for software and hardware issues and the latest malware problems. For quick quality computer and web support, this is the place you need to visit.
The Windows Sysinternals forum provides anti-malware and anti-spyware support to the users, Windows discussions and utilities that can improve your Windows operating system efficiency.
21. Spyware Warrior
The Spyware Warrior is the place where you find resources to “wage the war” against malware and spyware. A community where one can find ongoing discussions and solutions to adware, privacy and security threats. At the same time, an anti-spyware testing section is available.
The name gives you a clue on what this website can offer. A useful web location where malware analysts and normal users can submit domains that contain malicious content and compromised servers.
247Fixes is a site that can help users fight spyware and other malicious threats. It is a good location to use if you want to defend against spyware by using some free tools against these types of threats.
The BestTechie Malware Removal forum is where you can receive malware removal help and find self-help guides to clean the toughest malware from the system. Of course, you can use the guides at your own risk.
Techie7 is a security forum that provides free resources and support to advanced users and beginners alike on a variety of computer issues, from malware and spyware to the Windows operating system.
Later update: this forum is no longer online.
The security forum from this ISP can deliver solutions to Internet connectivity and communication issues and it also comes with a know-how section, where you can find PC Protection solutions, tips& tricks, etc.
An extensive forum where you can find answers and solutions to many security related issues, from news and alerts to data breaches, online theft and social networking. For a fast solution you can address your issue to a special malware help area or you can receive advice on what security software to use.
28. SpyWare BeWare!
This malware forum can be used as a reliable source for solutions against malicious software and it contains a section where trobleshooting and support topics can be opened for discussion with the other members.
29. LandzDown Forum
The forums from LandzDown have the pupose to help users get their computers “cleaned up” from malware or other forms of malicious software, like spyware, rootkits or adware. At the same time, they don’t forget to have a bit of fun, so there you have a Jokes area.
Lockergnome forums cover a large number of subjects in the online environment, from Mirosoft related issues to networking and security. In the Security area, you can access malware removal subjects, security alerts and security software programs.
This forum offers two main security options. You can access the Malware removal part to find information about rootkits, spyware and other types of malware. Or, you can check a program or software to make sure it’s not dangerous for your system.
Wilders Security Forums cover a wide array of topics, from spyware, malware and privacy issues to antivirus software, backup options, firewalls and virtualization.
All these forums that address online security are free and easy to use by anyone and we recommend you checking them out at any time.
But, before we go, we need to set something straight and make sure malware issues won’t affect your system again in the future. And to make a point we need to ask some simple questions:
How did you come into such an unfortunate situation? How did your system become infected with malware?
And though this is a subject for another article, we will mention shortly a few questions that you should address yourself to avoid malware in the future:
- Are you using a good antivirus solution?
- When did you run a complete scan of your system?
- Are you using a security software against spyware?
- How do you protect yourself against financial and data stealing malware?
- How do you maintain your security while browsing?
- When did you reinstall your operating system last time, run a system defragmentation or clean your registry?
These are just a few security matters that you should address in order to increase your online protection.
At the same time, even if you don’t run into a malware or technical issue, we still recommend taking a look on the forums. Keeping your online assets safe from cyber-criminals requires constant attention and continuous learning.
How do you keep safe from malware? What malware forums would you recommend?
This post was originally published by Aurelian Neagu in March 2015.