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Antivirus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 21 May 2004 - 01:34 PM

Here is a list of Virus/Malware related links, software, and resources to help with the removal of Spyware. This list has been created from a variety of sources and anyone is free to copy this list in its entirety for their boards or other purposes. Please note that BleepingComputer does not provide any warranty that these tools will work as advertised or not cause further problems to your computer. Please use only if you understand what you are doing.

Note: At the top of the pages in this site you will sometimes find ads for Spyware Removal Programs which are in no way affiliated with Bleeping Computer. Unfortunately, some of these ads display products that we do not recommend. Before you purchase a program in one of these ads, please refer to this Rogue Anti-Spyware List or ask us before purchasing a product so we can verify it for you. On the other hand, all the products listed below this note can be used with the knowledge that they are consdered reliable by many experts in this topic.

1. Malware Removal Utilities

  • Ad-Aware - The original spyware removal tool. It is an essential tool to use alongside Spybot when cleaning your system.
  • Emsisoft Anti-Malware - A very good anti-malware product.
  • Zemana AntiMalware - Another very good anti-malware product.
  • Rkill - Attempts to terminate known malware processes.
  • Unhide - A program that reverts back the changes made to your files and Windows Registry by the rogue.FakeHDD family
  • OTL - A tool that has become essential to removing certain Spyware and Hijackers. Do not use this tool without expert assistance.
  • LSP-Fix - A program that is necessary to remove certain files associated with Spyware and Hijackers.
  • MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware - A free security programs for the detection and removal of all malware types. This is a must for everyone;s security toolkit!
  • SUPERAntiSpyware - Another free excellent program for scanning for computer infections.



2. Commercial Malware Removal Programs


3. Malware Protection Programs

  • hpguru's HOSTS File - Another Hosts file.
  • IE-Spyad - A registry file that adds a long list of known malware domains to your restricted sites section of Internet Explorer.
  • Spybot Search&Destroy - Finds and Destroys spyware, malware, adware and other malicious software.
  • SpywareBlaster - A program that locks your browser from running known malware or downloading programs from known malware sites.
  • SpywareGuard - A real time spyware/malware protection program that alerts you when malware is trying to install on your computer.
  • MVPS Host - A hosts file that will block you from connecting to known malware and adware sites.


4. Free Online Scanners

  • ESET Online Scan - Free online virus scanner.
  • BitDefender Online Scan - Free online virus scanner.
  • Mcafee Online Scan - Free online virus scanner.
  • Panda Active Scan - Free online virus scanner.
  • Trend Micro Housecall - A free online virus scanner.
  • Virus Total - This site will allow you to submit a file and have it scanned by numerous virus scanners and display the results.
  • Jotti's malware scan 2.24 - This site will allow you to submit a file and have it scanned by numerous virus scanners and display the results. The advantage to this site is that it uses the Norman Antivirus Sandbox feature to give you information about what the file does if it can not identify the type of virus it is.


5. Free Virus Scanners


6. Malware/Virus Specific Cleaners or References

  • RogueKiller - A security tool that can be used to terminate and remove malicious processes and programs from your computer.
  • Mcafee Stinger - A program that removes various worms, trojans, and viruses.
  • Kaspersky TDSSKiller - A program that removes various TDSS/TDL rootkit versions and other rootkits.
  • AdwCleaner by Xplode - To remove various Possible Unwanted Programs (PUP), Adware, Toolbars and various browser-related changes.
  • Junkware Removal Tool - A security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)


7. Special Rootkit Scanners and Removal Tools

  • Kaspersky TDSSKiller - A program that removes various TDSS/TDL rootkit versions and other rootkits.
  • Gmer - Anti-rootkit scanner that searchs your computer for Rootkits on your computer and then allows you to attempt to remove them.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit - Rootkit-Scan and Removal Tool from Malwarebytes.
  • VBA32-Anti-Rootkit - Advanced Rootkit scanner from VirusBlockAda.
  • Aswmbr - Anti-rootkit scanner that searchs your computer for Rootkits that infect the Master Boot Record, or MBR, of your computer. This includes the TDL4/3, MBRoot (Sinowal), and Whistler rootkits.


8. Live Rescue Programs CD/USB

  • Emsisoft Emergency Kit - A collection of standalone security programs and scanners that can be run from a USB key or bootable CD/DVD.
  • Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - a portable application designed to run in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Recovery Environment in order to diagnose and fix boot issues.
  • Dr.Web Live CD - Will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files.
  • Avira Antivir Rescue CD - Will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files.
  • Kaspersky Rescue Disc - Will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files.


9. Reference sites


0. Tutorials

What is Malware?

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Tools and Tutorials to help prevent Malware Infections

Edited by quietman7, 07 June 2017 - 05:41 AM.
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Posted 28 June 2004 - 08:57 PM

Adaware has a new VX2 Cleaner plugin

<span style='color:blue'>Ad-Aware SE</span> | Spybot S&D 1.4

For extra protection try spyware blaster

<span style='color:blue'>If you use IE I suggest using these two programs</span> MVPHosts & IE-SPYAD

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:13 AM

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Posted 02 July 2004 - 11:58 AM

Two sites to help repair damage done by malware and/or common problems with Windows by way of registry files, scripts and other means.

Doug's Windows Tweaks and Tips--most operating systems.

Kelly's Korner--for XP.

One can restore the functionality of utilities native to Windows such as the Registry Editor and sometimes even replace the entire file. For example the Disk Cleanup utility can be replaced in its entirety.

I recently had the problem of Disk Cleanup hanging when first opened and it was supposed to be compressing old files. The appropriate regfile from Kelly's Korner fixed it right up. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 03:18 AM

Good stuff, thanks :thumbsup: Here is some of the stuff I've found tonight.

How to Analyze a HijackThis log - I've just started learning, and this is one of my favorite tutorials.

HJTHotkey - This program is designed to speed up the researching of items in a HijackThis log once it has been posted onto a forum or from a log file. It will run in the system tray and when a hotkey/shortcut key is pressed, it will copy the word that has been selected and automatically search for that word on Google, sysinfo.org, windowsstartup.com, etc depending on the hotkey that is pressed.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 09:58 AM

So many products, so little time! Folks, having also read the

How did I get infected ? With steps so it does not happen again ! http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/2520/how-did-i-get-infected/

and being totally convinced of the need for proactive protection, is there any way I can reduce (ideally down to 1) the number of packages I need to buy to cover what my current ad-aware AND spybot S&D AND AVG AND spyblaster AND BlackIce do- something that can run automatically in the background... I have read good things about ZoneAlarm Security Suite, but I imagine that it would not cover all the above. I've asked one of you guys by email already, but I thought I'd open it up to the wider forum.

Thanks for any advice.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 11:22 AM

Well after being totally paranoid about the whole business :flowers: , I settled for just Zone Alarm Pro security suit for Firewall and Virus protection. I have to say I am very happy with it BUT I run SpyBot occasionally, Ad-Aware ALL THE TIME, have SpyWareBlaster 3.3 running and Microsoft Beta and SP2 for XP.

BUT it doesn't stop Cookies & Data Miners being installed and many sites will not run without allowing their install, plus many International sites are not protected from the local cookies etc by the major European or US vendors. Russian News etc.

The Bad news is that after months of trying to find the same answer I came to the conclusion NOTHING exists or probably ever will that does all things for all men!!!
APART From disconnecting from the Net and switching Off The Power!! :trumpet:

THE GOOD NEWS IS!!! I no longer know what a pop up or banner add or unwanted add is, unless I want to. Everything apart from ZA Pro was Free :thumbsup:

HOW???? Just followed BC advice and followed Grinlers and other peoples advice.

I have to say that Microsoft Beta runs every morning at 1am, and these days its just normal to get a Zero result.

OH, what you suggest or seek would make the Manufacturer and designer Millionaires over night...... Go On give it a go and I will come in halves with you :inlove:

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 08:59 AM

Software firewall resources:

www.zonelabs.com ZoneAlarm free-subscription firewall and ZoneAlarm Pro paid-sub version

www.sygate.com Sygate free and Sygate pro paid firewall

www.kerio.com Kerio free firewall

McAfee, Symantec/Norton, Tiny Personal Firewall, Computer Associates, and others provide paid sub versions as well.

Use a router as an additional firewall between you and the Web. Avoid running multiple resident utilities of the same type: limit it to one resident antimalware utility, one resident spyware blocker, and one software firewall and use all others as intermittent scans or online scanners.
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#9 Nigel Fds

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 02:48 PM

Hi everyone. There is a tool available form Microsft recently and very effective based on the 7 times i have used it when cleaning up a pc in person.

Its freely available and seems to be updated continuosly. Please see the following link for the tool. Easy to use as well. Could the experts here please evaluate it ?


Edited by Nigel Fds, 08 July 2005 - 02:50 PM.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:15 PM

There is an entire forum for Microsoft Anti-Spyware Beta.
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Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:15 PM

I have tried to update definitions in Ad Aware and all I get is "definition files could not be read".Anybody have any response to this?

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:42 PM

Yeah, I had that. Go into the following folder and delete the defs.ref file if you used the default installation location:

C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE Personal

Make sure AdAware is closed before you do this and it woldn't be a bad idea to reboot. Then try updating again. Let me know if that works.

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:53 PM

I just tried updating again and it worked.Strange things these.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 11:35 AM


Okay everyone,

I have installed Spybot S&D and Spyware blaster.(already had AdAware).
I have a Win XP firewall and there is one on PC-cillin 2005.
Should I use yet another one?



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Posted 30 September 2005 - 03:18 PM

That's a great list and handy. I've also found BHO DEMON helpful

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