Anti-Malware Utilities

Issue / Question

These are free utilities designed to prevent, identify and remove malicious malware on computing devices.

Environment
  • Audience Affected
    • Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
Resolution
Anti-Malware/Spyware Utilites

Note: All of these are free and can be found by searching for them on Download.comSoftpedia, or at their site below.

Note: ISU Does NOT have a site license for Malwarebytes - remove it whenever you find it.

Note: ISU Does NOT have a site license for Spybot - remove it when you see it.

  1. CCleaner
    • Makes the scan faster by cleaning out system and browser temporary files by removing files that would normally be scanned during a full malware scan.
    • Can also clean the registry of unneeded or corrupt registry keys and has tools for uninstalling software. 
    • Note: Do not leave CCLEANER installed on customer 's computers
  2. SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition
    •  Scanner that offers a free to use version.
    • Offers several repair utilities, mostly supposed to fix issues caused by spyware
    • These include tools to reset URL prefixes, reset Windows clock time display, repair broken Network Connection, remove or reset Windows desktop wallpaper and many others.
Rootkit Tools
  1. aswMBR
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An anti-rootkit scanner that searches  your computer for Rootkits that infect the Master Boot Record of your computer.
    • This includes the TDL4/3, MBRoot (Sinowal), and Whistler rootkits.
    • For this program to properly work it must first download the Avast virus definitions, so an active Internet connection is needed before using it.
  2. GMER
  3. TDSSKiller
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A utility designed to remove the TDSS rootkit.
    • This rootkit is know under other names such as Rootkit.Win32.TDSS, Tidserv, TDSServ, and Alureon.
    • Also attempts to remove other rootkits such as the ZeroAccess or ZeroAccess rootkit if it is detected.
Linux-based Live Anti-virus/Rescue CD
  1. Avira AntiVir Rescue System
  2. Kaspersky Rescue CD
File Association Fixes
  1. These are .reg files that restore the default file association in Windows.
  2. Useful when malware changes the default file association (such as .exe executable files) allowing the malware to relaunch every time that file association is used.
  3. File associations are OS specific.
  4. Only apply the file association fix if it applies the version of Windows you are executing it on.
  5. They are located on HDSS at Malware Tools > FAF
Additional Tools

Note: The following should only be downloaded from Bleeping Computer

  1. rKill
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ends malicious processes but does not remove the malware.
    • Run this program to end malicious processes that are disabling you from running anti-virus software.
    • The software has different file extensions (.scr .exe .com) in case malware has disabled certain file extensions from executing.
  2. ComboFix
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Used as a last resort
    • Freeware utility that scans your PC deeply for spyware and malware, especially in combinations.
    • It's a powerful tool that can remove stubborn infections but also delete files you need, if you let it, so inexperienced users who run Combofix without expert guidance do so at their own risk.
  3. AdwCleaner
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers/
    • Easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.
    • The types of programs that AdwCleaner targets are typically bundled with free programs that you download from the web
    • Note: Do not leave ADWCLEANER installed on customer 's computers.

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Details

Article ID: 79177
Created
Fri 5/24/19 6:17 PM
Modified
Fri 9/24/21 1:29 PM