Tools / Applications I use to fight Malware.

Tools / Applications I use to fight Malware.
August 23, 2011 Ruchir

If you’re an I.T. professional or the geek in you social group (me on both counts) than you have probably come across your fair share of Malware, Trojans, Viruses, and Root Kits. You also know that no one tool or piece of software does the trick in removing these annoyances. Over time I have come to rely on a few tools and applications that seem to thwart even the most determined infection. Below is the list of tools / applications I use:

Note: All these applications come with certain risks and you should always back up all your data before you begin.

Malwarebytes:

Price: Free (As in free beer, for personal use) / $24.95 for a Pro and Corp licensing available.
Time: ~ 30 Minutes +
Download: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Malwarebytes is one tool that really compliments any AV application as it tends to find things AV apps miss or find when it is too late. Just make sure to do a database upgrade before every scan and you should be Malware fee in no time.

Spybot – Search & Destroy:

Price: Free
Time: ~ 30 Minutes +
Download: http://www.safer-networking.org
Spybot S&D is another great tool to have in your arsenal because not only does it compliment your AV app but it also has its own scanner that will help against infections. It also has a great function called immunization which blocks a whole slew of web addresses that are known Malware, Trojan, Virus, and Root Kit spreaders.

ComboFix:
Price: Free
Time: ~ 15 Minutes +
Download: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
ComboFix is a great tool for removing and cleaning common and latest malwares. This tool is not meant for everyone; please take extra caution when using this.

RKill:
Price: Free
Time: ~ 15 Minutes +
Download: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/rkill
RKill was made by BleepingComputers to kill running malware processes.

TDSSKiller:
Price: Free
Time: ~10 Minutes +
Download: http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363
TDSSKiller is a Rootkit remover by Kaspersky.

These are just the applications / tools I know of there probably hundreds more that I am not familiar with but if you have any that are not on this list but worth trying please let me know in the comments. Also worth checking out is Hiren’s Boot CD as it has most of these tools on a bootable CD.

Side note: Whenever I tell people about all these tools I always get asked, “So what the best AV application?” Personally my belief is that AV application is only as good as the user using the machine. Follow common sense practices when it comes to web surfing because AV applications can’t stop you from clicking pop ups and installing random stuff that maybe infected.

Currently Use:
ESET NOD32 (Desktop)
Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Intune (Laptop)

Have Used:
Norton (360, Security Suite) <-- Personally I don’t recommend this one just because it’s a resource hog. AVG McAfee

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