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Posted - May 19 2008 : 12:31:22 Some helpful tools to fight the spread of malware. Update: We've added links to a new section of prevention tools offered by Trend Micro as well as a couple of new freebies to detect rootkits and bot-type activity.
Ninite - Go here to get a downloader that will install or update many of the programs found here all in one step. Applicable programs are marked with a * Revo Uninstaller - Helps you uninstall programs that won't otherwise go away.* Steven Gould's Cleanup Piriform's CCleaner* Dial-A-FixNote: This program doesn't work with Vista as of version 0.60.0.24. It's good for things like making Windows Update work again and for cleaning up settings after a malware removal session. If in doubt, check all the boxes because running these fixes won't break anything. D7 at MajorGeeks This tool is good for doing a lot of things in an automated fashion.
How to use these (Brief)
1. Go to Ninite and click the check boxes to choose the following items:
Everything in the Runtimes category
In the Documents category, Reader and/or Foxit Reader
In the Security category, Malwarebytes, Super (which is SuperAntispyware, I don't know why they changed the name), and either AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials (but not both)
Under Utilities, Auslogics, CCleaner (unless you want to download Cleanup instead)
Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Ninite screen and click Get Installer. On the page that follows, click Download Installer. Save (don't run) that program on your Desktop. You'll need it again to update the programs you've chosen. It's a fast download. When it's done, run it and wait for it to complete.
You may choose to run Malwarebytes' scan, and then SuperAntispyware's scan sequentially. If so, I would run Malwarebytes first because its scan tends to be shorter. If anything is found, each program will probably want to restart your computer after the scan completes.
You may also choose to run the Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware scans simultaneously; that is how I usually do it. Be aware that this will increase the amount of time it takes for each individual scan to complete, and it will result in double detection of most malicious software. You'll also want to wait until both scans complete before allowing the computer to be restarted.
If anything remains, download and run first Smitfraudfix, then Combofix.