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Mirekusoft Install Monitor Helps Completely Remove Malware

However despite all the preventative steps you take your anti-malware solution may notify you that there is some malware that it detected. While many malware solutions can detect malware they are actually bad at completely removing all traces of the malware. This is like how cancer can be detected but it is harder to remove completely.

What can you do to remove malware?

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You can follow the malware solution’s prompts to allow it to cleanup the infection. However the solution might not completely detect all instances of the infection and further cleanup may be necessary. You may continue to see excessive disk activity or strange popups.

This is where Mirekusoft Install Monitor can help. It is not a security solution but the comprehensive and intelligent monitoring capabilities it provides can improve the cleanup process. Just like you would not want to dump garbage in a garbage can without a liner you would not want to run without Install Monitor. It provides an additional defense-in-depth measure.

How do I begin?

The first thing is to stop the malicious code from running. You can use Find Program By Window tool to  identify the program. You may need to turn on “Show hidden programs” in options. You can then use Program Process Viewer to stop the program from running and then uninstall and cleanup the program.

Program Process Viewer

Screenshot of Install Monitor Program Process Viewer

However if the program shows up as part of some other program you may have to use Task Manager or Process Explorer to stop the program. Next you have to stop the program from starting again. The Sysinternals Autoruns utility can help in this regard. It shows all startup software and can make it easy to detect unverified software. Once you find the startup entries instead of simply deleting them search for the items in Install Monitor. This will allow you to remove any remaining traces.

 

Find tool dialog

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The Find tool can make it possible to find information on any item

The search results will show at the bottom of the window. From here you can right-click and select “Goto Program.” This will navigate to the program. You will also want to switch to File History mode to see the history of file/registry activity of the program. Once you look at the file tree you will be able to see how the malware got installed on your computer. From the Contents pane you can delete all the related malware items. You may also want to do another search and sort by date to see all other activity that happened at the same time.

Without Install Monitor most of the malware traces would remain till the next time you reinstall Window. The ability to fully remove all traces is another example of how Install Monitor is more than just an uninstaller.

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New Feature of Install Monitor 2.0|The Program Process Viewer

One of the new features in Mirekusoft Install Monitor 2.0 is the Program Process Viewer. It displays the programs from the programs list that are currently running. It also includes information such as processor usage, memory, and disk usage. Windows comes with Task Manager and there are lot of other process viewers that include more features like Sysinternals Process Explorer.

Why the need for another process viewer?

Program Process Viewer

Screenshot of Install Monitor Program Process Viewer

A logical question you may ask us is this, “Why do I need another process viewer?

The Program Process Viewer makes it:

  • Easier to understand
  • Manage what programs are running

The Problem of TOO Many Processes

Confusing PC Processes

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Most process viewers present a long list of running processes and information on each process. However this list can easily become very long. It is not uncommon to have over 100 processes. Many of these processes are Windows background processes. Many programs are made up of several processes. This can make it hard to identify which processes belong to which programs. It makes it difficult to see how many resources a programs is using at any point in time.

Sample Scenario

It is more useful to know that the Widget Viewer program you installed last week is using lots of memory than the memory usage of a single wdgtvw.exe process. Just like in a restaurant it is probably more useful to know the calorie count of your entrée instead of the calorie count of individual ingredients.

How Program Process Viewer Can Help You

The Program Process Viewer helps to make it easier to see what programs are running by grouping related processes together. You can actually:

  • See what installed programs are running
  • View the amount of processes being used by each program as shown in parenthesis next to it.
  • Terminate an entire program and all related processes with a single button click. This can help make sure a program is fully stopped before uninstalling it and possibly reduce an unneeded restart.

 

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The Program Process Viewer shows what programs are running

Additional Benefits of The Program Process Viewer

Another benefit of this feature is it helps to identify bloatware by excessive resource usage. This can help you to make a decision about how bloated a program is and whether to look for alternatives.

It also groups all processor, memory, and disk usage together.

Download our 30 Day Free Trial Period, today and start experiencing the advantages it will bring to your PC’s performance.

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