A great collection of useful tools

Paul Cucu has published on Heimdal Security Blog a really good article on malware removal, a useful guided checklist for removal malicious software from PCs:

So how do you remove malware? Let’s not waste time and find out.

Here a resume of contents:

- Backup your documents and files before you start to remove the malware

We strongly recommend you backup your files on an external source, such as a DVD/CD’s, USB sticks or external drives.

- Start your PC in Safe Mode with Networking

This will make Windows boot up only critical processes, and prevent some malware ones from starting up. This gives you access to the PC in case of a severe and deep infection.

- Clean your temporary files

To make the scanning processes quicker and simpler, you’ll need to clear up unessential temporary files from your PC.

- Use one of this free malware removal tools

All of these programs are free, and most of them are fairly small in size, under 100 Mb.

- Use Rkill to freeze and stop any malicious processes

Rkill can neutralize the ability of some malware to detect installation and activation of various security products, and kill the malware processes.


- Scan your system with Kaspersky TDSSKiller

Kaspersky TDSSKiller is one of the better rootkit removal software out there. Thankfully, it’s free and easy to use.


- Scan your system with Malwarebytes 3.0

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware it’s a free program, with a small 55 Mb installer and has a 14 day free trial with full features.


- Use ADWCleaner to remove browser malware

ADWCleaner is a product that specializes in removing adware and browser hijackers. This includes corrupted toolbars, adware and other type of malware that have infected your browser.


- Clean up leftover software with Junkware Removal Tool

This free malware removal tool will cleanup any leftover malicious software, and also clear up any remaining junk data used by the malware.


- Do a final double check for any remaining hidden malware using HitmanPro

HitmanPro is an excellent second opinion scanner designed to find and identify malware programs other security products somehow skipped.


- Reset your browser settings

Malware will often change your settings in order to facilitate more malicious downloads. For this reason, you should review some of these settings, particularly your browser ones.

Things to do after the malware cleanup

Some malware programs operate stealthily, and don’t visibly affect your PC. Instead, they may collect personal information of yours such as passwords, credit card data, completed forms and screenshots.

So, change your passwords and start using two-factor authentication.