Archive for the ‘anti malware tools’ Category

13 top best free rootkit removal (anti-rootkit) programs

September 29, 2013

From http://dottech.org/
Malware is bad. No one likes malware. Rootkit is one of the worst forms of malware because rootkits hide themselves “under” or “within” the Windows operating system, making harder to detect and remove than other types of malware. Because of this, rootkit is one of the only forms of malware that has specialized removal software, known as anti-rootkit programs.

Now that doesn’t mean security suites and anti-virus programs don’t have anti-rootkit capabilities built in; in fact, most security suites and anti-virus programs do indeed have anti-rootkit protection built into them. Rather, what I mean to say is there is a special class of software out there that specialize in removal of rootkits, aka anti-rootkit programs. And we have compiled a list of nine free anti-rootkit programs for you to pick from. Enjoy!
Read more at http://dottech.org/129897/13-top-best-free-rootkit-removal-anti-rootkit-programs-windows-xp-vista-7-8/#IBdG4Je6VdbBJxVl.99

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Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns

April 21, 2012

From CNET News

If your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, your summertime Internet activities will be seriously curtailed — as in buh-bye. But a special Web site can help you fix the problem.

The FBI is warning that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their Internet connections come July 9th, unless they take steps to diagnose and disinfect their computers. The problem is related to malware called DNSChanger that was first discovered way back in 2007 and that has infected millions of computers worldwide.

In simple terms, when you type a Web address into your browser, your computer contacts DNS (or Domain Name System) servers to find out the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the site you’re trying to reach, and then it takes you there. DNSChanger fiddled with an infected machine’s settings and directed it to rogue servers set up by a crime ring — servers that handed out addresses to whatever sites the ring chose.

The DNSChanger Working Group (DCWG), the body set up to oversee the servers, has created a Web site to help you diagnose your machine and, if necessary, remove DNSChanger. You can check it out at www.dcwg.org. And it’s probably not a bad idea to do so sometime before, say, July 8.

Go to http://www.dns-ok.us/ for a quick check.

Read the rest at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57418276-83/web-could-vanish-for-hordes-of-people-in-july-fbi-warns/

Malware Removal Guide for Windows

December 29, 2011

From Select Real Security.

This guide will help you clean your computer of malware. If you think your computer is infected with a virus or some other malicious software, you may want to use this guide. It contains instructions that, if done correctly and in order, will remove most malware infections on a Windows operating system. It highlights the tools and resources that are necessary to clean your system. Malware is a general term for any malicious software, including viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and adware.

Read the rest at www.selectrealsecurity.com/malware-removal-guide.

Google warning users of malware infection

July 23, 2011

From ZDNet.com

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If you see a notification above your Google search results that your computer is infected with malware, it’s probably best to take it seriously – the search giant has identified traffic patterns consistent with infection, and it’s letting users know that they need to take action.

The malware in question routes Google traffic through a small number of proxies, according to the official blog entry. If Google’s search engine detects that you’re coming to them through these intermediaries, it’ll display a banner notification (pictured above) in hopes that you’ll fix the problem.

Read the rest at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/google/google-warning-users-of-malware-infection/3145

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

June 15, 2011

From Gizmos Freeware Reviews

The products are almost exclusively free with some exceptions: products where there is no free alternative, good products that offer a lifelong license, and exceptional products. In some cases the links point to executables. In such cases replace [dot] with . and the link will work.
 

 
 

 

 

 

Read the rest @ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm

The Best Free Software of 2011

April 7, 2011

Yes I know it’s another list of free windows software but this one has about twice the amount of programs than my last post.

From PCMag.com

Got Windows? These 208 free products are yours to download and install to help you with just about any computing job you can imagine.

Every year at this time, PCMag takes a look at what is worth installing on your PC— software that’s totally free that does the job as well as, if not better, than the big boys. That’s not to say programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and hundreds of other developers aren’t worthwhile, but you should always be aware of your options, especially when they’re free.

With that in mind, we’re here again to gather the best of the freebies. First, we re-examined our picks from last year’s story (The Best Free Software of 2010) to ensure they’re still worth installing and that they’re still freeware. Of course, we also took a look at all of the great free software announced in the last 12 months.

The list is primarily productivity apps for Windows users (mainly Vista and Windows 7, with some XP tools)—the kind you download and install to your hard drive. However, we make frequent note of other places the apps can run: Mac, Linux, Web, Mobile & Portable.

Read the list at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381528,00.asp

The Best Of: Free Windows Software

April 1, 2011

From MakeUseOf

On this page you will find the best 102 free Windows programs for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

With these categories: Anti-virus, Malware removal, Firewall Apps, Defragmenters, File Recovery, ininstallers, Backup Apps, System Maintenance, Browsers, Email Clients, Communication, Photos/Images, Audio Tools, Video Tools, Files/Drives, Documents, Productivity, Archive Managers, CD/DVD Tools, Downloads & Others

See the list at http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

Stay Malware Free (Hopefully!) – Scan With A “Live CD” Regularly

February 21, 2011

From Bill Mullins
I’m regularly asked how often I scan my primary personal machine for malware. The answer is – as part of a layered security approach, I have a formal schedule which I stick to without fail.

Once a day, I quick scan the system drive with both Microsoft Security Essentials, and Malwarebytes’ Antimalware – making sure the databases are updated and current.
Running a quick scan with both these applications, takes less than 5 minutes. For example: Malwarebytes’ – 150,000 objects – 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Microsoft Security Essentials – 30,000 items – 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Much of today’s malware though, can be extremely difficult to identify and remove – despite a user relying on frontline antimalware applications to do the job. So, I don’t see any advantage in running full scans on a live system – instead, once a week I run a Linux-based antimalware application (a live CD), which scans from the outside looking in. Malware generally can’t hide if it’s not running.

I’ve come to rely on the following free live CDs, which I regularly alternate, to ensure (hopefully), I’m operating in a malware free zone.
Read the rest at http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/stay-malware-free-hopefully-scan-with-a-live-cd-regularly/

15+ free Windows apps to help you tackle Thanksgiving tech support

November 21, 2010

From Downloadsquad.com

The holiday season has always been a time for gathering — but in recent years, it’s also been a time when family and friends come bearing gifts of computer troubles. Their computer friends — people like the Download Squad team and you, our readers — get asked to do everything from installing RAM upgrades to the annual computer tune-up. We’re happy to oblige, of course, because there’s a decent chance someone will pay us in beer or baked goods. Cash is welcome too, but never seems to be offered quite as readily.

To make your holiday tech duties a bit easier, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite troubleshooting apps for Windows.
Where download links for the files aren’t on the application’s main page, I’ve included a link to the appropriate download page. I’ve provided a handful of FileHippo links as well — they’re an excellent mirror site and they don’t surround download links in advertisements or “recommendations.”

Read the rest at Downloadsquad.com

Avira AntiVir Personal 10 – Is It The Best Free Antivirus Available?

October 6, 2010

From Bill Mullins

If you were building a wish list of the features that you would like to see in a free anti-virus program, I’m sure you would include the following: An easy to use and understand, yet comprehensive, user interface. An on demand scanner to seek out viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers and other malicious programs. And, perhaps most important, the ability to stop a detected malicious program dead in its tracks. The ability to repair, delete, rename and quarantine programs, or files.

Well you’re in luck. Avira AntiVir Personal will meet, and even exceed, all of your wishes. This anti-virus program offers comprehensive protection, driven by an easy to use interface.

Avira AntiVir Personal is not just another free AV solution. Avira may just be the best free AV solution available. It’s certainly the most popular in its class, and with good reason, in my view.

Read the rest at Bill Mullins Weblog