List of the best malware tools

List of the best malware tools. I have spoken before that malware is becoming a bigger issue for people. It is getting very creative in how it is installing and taking over control of windows computers. I am even seeing malware on the mac that I didn’t used to see. I have been using a variety of tools to fix this issue.

List of the best malware tools

  1. Malwarebytes. This has fixed many issues with malware.
  2. Spybot Search & Destroy. This has fixed malware issues as well as having a great reputation with IT people.
  3. SuperAntiSpyware. This is a new tool for me but has fixed the issue a few times and found things that other tools didn’t.
  4. TDSSKIller. This has fixed a few issues with malware.
  5. Eset free version. This hasn’t found any malware but could be useful if someone doesn’t have an anti-virus utility. Another option is Avast or Avira both highly rated.

List of the best malware toolsThese are all checking for all kinds of malware. Some are called root-kits, others C&C, and many other types as well. What has happened in the last few years is that due to people always being on the Internet, all kinds of creative ways have been found to sneak into systems. This means that for the most part, if you have a windows computer you are at risk for thousands of different kinds of vulnerabilities. This is one reason I prefer using a mac. While it also has some weaknesses, they are far less than a typical windows computer. Linux used to be safe, but malware has been found on linux systems as well, so for personal use linux doesn’t easily recommend itself to the average user.

What is interesting is that many attacks are happening just because of being connected to the Internet. I monitor company firewalls and I see dozens and sometimes hundreds of attempts each day of attempts to hack into a network. It is remarkable that security works as well as it does given all this activity. As always I recommend keeping updated on your computer, don’t install things from anywhere but the vendor site, and running an endpoint protection software like Sophos. Of course no software knows everything, so having a backup malware software like the free ones listed above also helps.

Keeping safe is getting harder on the Internet, but if you are careful using a modern browser like Firefox, and following the suggestions above you greatly reduce your risk.

Having problems with malware on your computer?

Are you having problems with malware on your computer? No matter how good your endpoint protection is (anti-virus, anti-everything), it will still not know or be able to catch everything. So it always helps to have a secondary scanning program to find things when you suspect you are having malware issues. I wrote a few days ago about what to do with stubborn viruses.

You know you have malware issues when your firewall tells you that your computer is visiting websites that you didn’t go to. Ok so since most people don’t look at the firewall, it also is obvious when your computer does crazy things that it shouldn’t do. This is things like not starting a program, not connecting to a website, not doing something that it used to be able to do. When others do not have the same problems, it tends to be malware.

Having problems with malware on your computer?It used to be that when troubleshooting computers hardware issues were the main cause of problems. Now it is software issues. Malware is the #1 reason in most environments when things don’t work right. The problem of constant internet access and browser usage has opened the door to these gremlins. Even email based malware is getting very sophisticated. I have seen people get infected just by looking at the email, and not even opening the attachment. Fortunately Sophos catches this almost every time, but nothing is perfect.

I have found using Malwarebytes to find many issues that other endpoint protection misses. It has fixed issues dozens of times for me. This is my favorite secondary protection. However I have also tried online free virus scanning websites, and for the most they are useless.

The only online free virus scanning website that looked like it really might be doing something is Eset, and that was a small download, update and scan. It took probably a half hour to scan the system, which is more realistic time for a full scan. It never found anything, but neither did any other software used on that computer, so it might have been a false error. It was flagged by the firewall as suspicious behavior.

I ran into a new situation where the firewall keeps identifying a Command and Control virus but these tools above are not finding it. I am running Spybot – Search and Destroy which is also excellent. It has a better reputation than Malwarebytes, so you might want to add that to your list as well.

So my order of operations is obviously: Sophos, Malwarebytes, Eset, Spybot. Good luck in protecting your computer!

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