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can TDSSKiller be used for on-demand rootkit scans


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#1 razz3333

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:08 PM

Is it safe to use TDSSKiller for on-demand rootkit scans?  If so, would you recommend weekly or monthly scans?

Also, is there another rootkit scanner you would recommend for on-demand scans?

 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

TDSSKiller Rootkit Removal Utility is a specialized fix tool created by Kaspersky specifically for TDSS rootkit infections so it only checks those locations (i.e. infected/patched/forged files in the Windows drivers folder and the Master Boot Record) the rootkit is commonly found. TDSSKiller was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Zemana AntiMalware, SuperAntispyware, AdwCleaner, etc.

There are many free anti-rootkit (ARK) tools but some require a certain level of expertise and investigative ability to use. Some ARK tools are intended for advanced users or to be used under the guidance of an expert who can interpret the log results and investigate it for malicious entries before taking any removal action. Incorrectly removing legitimate entries could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system. Most of the more effective ARK tools should only be used under the guidance of an expert who knows how to investigate its log for malicious entries before taking any removal action.

These are a few of the easier ARKS for novice users:


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:06 AM

Thank you (as always) quietman7 for your expertise, your fabulous explanations and your time and effort.  It is greatly appreciated!

 

You mentioned 4 of the easier ARKS for novice users, one of which was the "Sophos Virus Removal Tool".  I went to that link and ended up chatting to the Sophos Live Chat.  They recommended Sophos Clean (in order to get opinions on this tool, you may have noticed that I created a new topic regarding this tool).



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 01:36 PM

You're welcome.

BTW...I didn't mention Sophos Clean because it is not free but I will reply in your other topic.
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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:59 PM

One more question: Of the 4 easier ARKS for novice users that you listed above, did you list them in order of your personal preference?



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:11 PM

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