Malware remediation is the process of removing all traces of malicious code from a network while leaving legitimate files untouched and unharmed. It is the process by which the malware is identified, assessed, flagged, prioritized and resolved.

Failing to fully remove the code from the network is partial remediation and is harmful to network security and can allow the malware to continue to affect the system. The malware can exfiltrate data, lock access to data, or otherwise alert the network environment until malware remediation is complete. Malware can enter the system through infected software, drives, webpages or emails.