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Malicious software: How to get rid of them

Malware has always been an problem in the IT world. It brings a lot of cost with it if you want to have it removed or cleaned. You have to use your budget to resolve the malicious software.

Cyberwarzone has taken the effort to search the internet for free malicious removal software. Malicious software can be classified in a lot of types:
  1. Virusses
  2. Rootkits
  3. Trojans
  4. Worms
  5. Malware

Malicious software is such a usual appearing that the IT industry has to focus on:

  1. Protecting the IT-environment.
  2. Cleaning the IT-environment
  3. Removing the malicious software from the IT-environment
 
The time and effort that you put in fighting malicious software is expensive. Most of the time it even looks like you are losing battle.
 

Winning the battle

 
If you wish to win a battle – you have to be prepared and have the right intelligence and knowledge.
The most important thing is to have the right tool for the right job. I will be listing some tools that will help you in your battle against malicious software.
 

Tools

 
The tools you will find here is collected via open source resources.
 

Combofix

 
ComboFix is a program, created by sUBs, that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically. In addition to being able to remove a large amount of the most common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program.
 
Author tool:                       sUBs
Download: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/combofix     

 

CCleaner

 
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Cleans all areas of your Computer
 
Internet Explorer
Temporary files, history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
 
Firefox
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
 
Google Chrome
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
 
Opera
Temporary files, history, cookies.
 
Safari
Temporary files, history, cookies, form history.
 
Windows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
 
Registry Cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old registry entries.
 
Author tool:       Piriform
Download:          http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
 

Microsoft Security Essentials

 
Microsoft Security Essentials is a new, free consumer anti-malware solution for your computer. It helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It's available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
 
Why should I download Microsoft Security Essentials?
 
Comprehensive protection—Microsoft Security Essentials helps defend your computer against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software.
 
Easy to get, easy to use—Because Microsoft Security Essentials is available at no cost, there's no registration process that requires billing or personal information collection. It installs after a quick download and Genuine Windows validation and then stays automatically up-to-date with the latest protection technology and signature updates.
 
Quiet Protection—Microsoft Security Essentials doesn't get in your way. It runs quietly in the background and schedules a scan when your computer is most likely idle. You only see alerts when you need to take action.
 
Author tool:       Microsoft
Download:          http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
 

Malwarebytes: Anti-Malware

 
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.
 
  1. Advanced Malware Detection and Removal
  2. Industry Proven Clean-up Technologies Eradicate Existing Malware Infections
  3. Rapid Response Malware Database and Heuristics Updates
  4. Access to our Expert Community and Knowledgeable Support Team (Email/Forums)
  5. Chameleon Technology Gets Malwarebytes Running on Infected Systems
  6. Multi-Language Support (currently 35 and counting!)
 
Author:                                Malware bytes
Download:          http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
 

Clonezilla

 
You're probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost®. The problem with these kind of software packages is that it takes a lot of time to massively clone systems to many computers.
 
You've probably also heard of Symantec's solution to this problem, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition® with
multicasting.
 
Well, now there is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting!
 
Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition).
 
Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously.
 
Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC's Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!
 
Author:              Clonezilla
Download:          http://clonezilla.org/
 

Hamachi

LogMeIn Hamachi is a hosted VPN service that lets you securely extend LAN-like networks to distributed teams, mobile workers and your gamer friends alike. In minutes.
 
Security: Hamachi uses the same encryption as banks. You can trust secure communications  using 256-bit SSL encryption, over public and private networks.
 
Author tool:       Logmein
Download:        https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/default.aspx