How to Remove Cutwail Spambot

By Todd Bowerman

The Cutwail virus is a nasty bit of malware that automatically downloads files to your PC and runs them without your consent. It’s also capable of compromising your sensitive information; the virus can steal usernames and passwords and send spam emails. Cutwail cannot be removed with a simple uninstall due to its complex nature. Windows Defender, included with Windows 8, is capable of removing and neutralizing the Cutwail threat.

Step 1

Press the "Windows" key on your keyboard to open the Start menu. Type “Windows Defender” and then click the application when it appears in your search results.

Step 2

Select “Full” under the “Scan Options” item. A full scan performs a deeper sweep and will pick up all pieces of the Cutwail infection.

Step 3

Click “Scan Now” to begin your scan. A full scan can take several minutes or hours, depending on your computer’s speed, storage space, document count and number of installed applications.

Close Windows Defender when the scan completes. Windows Defender automatically removes threats as they are detected, including the Cutwail infection.