Friday, June 18, 2010

Top Tools for Virus Removal

Top Tools for Virus Removal
Douglas Chick

Virus Removal Tools
As a network administrator, helpdesk tech, or other computer professional, you don't remove that many viruses. Most company networks are secure enough that viruses are not really an issue. The issue is when friends, family and people from work get viruses in their home computers. There are so many request for virus removal that it is easy to be desensitized. I am as guilty as anyone when someone asks for help and I tell them they should take their computer to the Geek Squad, or Nerd Herd. There are literally thousands of viruses, and unless you are a professional virus expert it is impossible to keep up with all the removals. So, listed below are some popular virus removal tools and programs.
Some viruses are so specialized that you must first discover the virus you have before you can remove it. There are many no-cost online virus checkers. Listed here are but a few to help isolated the infection:

These websites will scan and remove viruses, or isolate and inform you to what you have.

BitDefender Scan Online
Dr.Web Online Check

eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner
Ewido Online Scanner
F-Secure Online Scanner
Jotti's Online Malware Scan
Kaspersky Online Scanner
McAfee FreeScan
Panda Activescan
Symantec Security Check
Trend Micro Housecall

Adware and Spyware Removal

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Microsoft Windows Defender

Spybot Search and Destroy 1.6

Removal Programs for Specific Infections:

About:Buster - Removal of CWS HomeSearch Hijacker or res:// hijacker
Combofix - all in one removal tool for many issues
CWShredder 2.19 - CoolWebSearch Removal Tool from Trend Micro

Elite Toolbar Remover
I-Lookup Toolbar Uninstallers - Version 1 and Version 2
Incredifind and PerfectNav Uninstaller
Kill2Me - Removal of Look2Me infections Uninstaller
OmegaKiller for removing hijackers like
SDFix - another multitask removal tool
SmitRem for removing Spyaxe, SpySheriff, Winhound and others
VX2.BetterInternet for XP/2000 for Removing Look2Me
VX2.BetterInternet for Windows 9X for Removing Look2Me
WildTangent Remover

Tools for Investigating Adware and Spyware Infections
SysInternals Process Explorer
Sysinterals RootkitRevealer

Programs to Delete Undeletable Files
Pocket Killbox
Remove on Reboot Shell Extension

TCP/IP and Winsock Repair Utilities

LSPFix by
Winsock XP Fix
XP TCP/IP Repair utility

Free Anti-Virus Programs


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