Tips on Antivirus Solutions

There are a lot of solutions on the market promising to keep your computers safe from malware, trojans, viruses and root kits. There are dozens, if not hundreds of antivirus products on the market (many of which you’ve probably tried), but one of INFINIT’s experts, Ruchir Parikh, tells us what he keeps in his malware toolbox:

Malwarebytes
Price: Free (for personal use) / $24.95 for a Pro and Corp licensing available
Time: ~ 30 Minutes +
Download: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Ruchir says: Malwarebytes is one tool that really complements any AV application as it tends to find things AV apps misses. Just make sure to do a database upgrade before every scan and you should be Malware free in no time.

Spybot – Search & Destroy
Price: Free
Time: ~ 30 Minutes +
Download: http://www.safer-networking.org
Ruchir says: Spybot S&D is another great tool to have in your arsenal because not only does it complement your AV app but it also has its own scanner that will help protect against infections. It has a great function called “immunization” which blocks web addresses that are known malware, trojan, virus, and root kit spreaders.

ComboFix
Price: Free
Time: ~ 15 Minutes +
Download: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
Ruchir says: ComboFix is a great tool for removing and cleaning common or new malware. This tool is not meant for everyone; please take extra caution when using this.

RKill
Price: Free
Time: ~ 15 Minutes +
Download: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/rkill
Ruchir says: RKill was made by BleepingComputers to kill running malware processes.

TDSSKiller
Price: Free
Time: ~10 Minutes +
Download: http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363
Ruchir says: TDSSKiller is a Rootkit remover by Kaspersky.

As always, be careful downloading any software from the Internet and always backup your data before you begin.

Thanks Ruchir for sharing your tips! If you need company-wide antivirus and monitoring of your network, INFINIT offers managed desktops, servers and network devices as part of our CompleteCare+ services. Contact us to learn more!

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