Is this file infected with spyware, virus, or other malware?
Tip: If you believe more than one file is infected, see our removing a virus from a computer document.
Computer spyware, viruses, and other malware can infect a computer many different ways. However, most infections are done through executable files or scripts. If you are concerned about a specific file being infected with a computer virus, follow the steps below to check the file.
Scan individual files with the installed antivirus scan
When an antivirus program is installed on the computer, it is capable of scanning all files on the computer, as well as each file individually. Each file can be scanned by right-clicking the file and choosing the option to scan the file for viruses. For example, in the picture below, we've highlighted the bfsvc.exe file and right-clicked the file to see the Scan with AVG option in the file menu. When this option is selected, the AVG antivirus program opens and scans that file for any viruses.
Online virus scan
Alternatively, you can also check the file using VirusTotal, an excellent service that can take any file and scan that file with dozens of the top antivirus programs to check for viruses.
- What are the current available antivirus programs?
- Spyware, adware, and malware detection and removal programs.
- How do I remove a virus from my computer?
- How do I know if my computer has been hacked?
- See the malware, spyware, and virus definitions for further information and related links.
- Computer virus help and support.