On February 6, Microsoft announced that its Digital Crimes Unit had worked with Symantec to successfully deactivate a major botnet called Bamital. Below is an overview of Bamital and how you can remove it from your computer.
Botnets are networks of compromised computers, controlled remotely by criminals who use them to secretly spread malware, steal personal information, and commit fraud. Bamital was designed to hijack internet search results and take people to websites that were potentially dangerous.
To learn more about botnets, see How to better protect your PC with botnet protection and avoid malware.
You might have malware on your computer if you see this page:
To help clean Bamital and other malware from your computer, you can install antivirus and antispyware programs that are available online from a provider that you trust.
Microsoft and Symantec each provide free malware removal tools:
- Microsoft Safety Scanner – http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx
- Norton Power Eraser – https://www.norton.com/bamital
For more information about how to remove malware, visit the Virus and Security Solution Center from Microsoft Support.
Read more at the Official Microsoft Blog.