VirusTotal is a robust online security tool that lets you scan suspicious files through a series of tests using a host of antivirus engines such as TrendMicro, McAfee, BitDefender, Kaspersky, DrWeb, and a truckload of others. It’s a powerful cloud-based malware and virus scanning solution that has pretty much eliminated the need for running a dedicated antivirus or antimalware app on your computer for the purpose of scanning individual files (though you should still be running one nevertheless for your system's protection in background). If you rely on VirusTotal for checking suspicious files on the fly and find it to be a safe and convenient way for the said task, you'll have to admit that having to upload your files individually from the web interface isn't the most convenient method for the task. Though things are going to get a bit easier in that department for you, thanks to PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader
. It’s an awesome Windows application that lets you upload files to the service right from your desktop, thus eliminating the need for opening the site in a web browser. Lets take a closer look.
Although Antivirus suites including MS Security Essentials, Avira, Avast, Norton AntiVirus etc., help us protect the system from malwares, viruses, spywares, keyloggers and other like potentially harmful programs, sometimes malware infected applications manage to slip through deployed antivirus security cracks and attack the system booting process. In such a case, anti-virus suites can’t identify and remove the infected application/processes unless the you repair the infected system boot sectors, and then boot into Windows to perform the virus removal operation over entire disk. In this post, we will show you how to clean your system from viruses when you can not boot into Windows.
Sometimes, even an anti-virus application cannot detect malware, as the virus definition files for a new threat may not have become available. In such a case, one can use web services like VirusTotal
to scan for suspicious files. X-Ray
is a portable application that allows scanning suspicious files using 31 different anti-virus scanners. The scanners used for checking specified files include Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ClamAV, Comodo, Symantec, etc. Using this application you can either send the file to VirusTotal or to individual anti-virus scanners (e.g. AVG). The virus scan result can be acquired via email by each anti-virus service providers. This delivers exclusive anti-virus results from reliable sources, which enables better analysis of the scanned file.
Comodo Cleaning Essentials
is a set of portable system optimization and malware removal applications, which come with three built-in tools. These include a malware scanner, an auto run analyzer and a kill switch. Comodo Cleaning Essentials instantly identifies and halts untrusted processes running on an endpoint. Its antivirus scanner is capable of removing malware, rootkits, suspicious registry keys and other types of malicious agents. It’s integration with Comodo cloud scanners provides real-time safety from unknown processes.
While normal anti-virus programs provide real-time protection, a system can get infected with malware when you connect a CD, DVD, or other media device, crippling your defences. In such a case, the only solution appears to be a wipe and load re-installation. Windows Defender Offline Beta
is an application that can help you in such a situation. Using this tool, you can create a bootable USB, CD or DVD, and remove malware from your system, even when your system is unable to log on to the installed operating system.
If your PC gets infected with malwares, spywares, and phishing scripts even in the presence of configured anti-virus internet security components, you should deploy an additional security layer for your web browsers to ensure system stability. Since it’s not recommended to install more than one anti-malware software to protect system from malware, spyware, and phishing infested codes, you must use a dedicated security tool which looks for viruses, malwares, spywares, and security related vulnerabilities found in web pages. Similar to previously featured – TrafficeLight, G Data CloudSecurity
is another web security tool which integrates into Firefox and Internet Explorer to protect you from malicious scripts. Before going into details. it’s worth mentioning here that it doesn’t erupt any sort of virus detection conflicts with other installed anti-virus suites nor does it disable any web-security functions of anti-phishing / anti-malware components of anti-virus.
Although every antivirus suite claims to thoroughly check for viruses and malwares that can come from web traffic, many users still get infected with spywares, malwares, viruses and the like. If you’re working on some classified project work, you might not like to leave such holes open for any sort of vulnerabilities that may affect or steal confidential information. Since there are countless type of threats roving around on web, it is advisable to deploy an efficient anti mechanism which not only counters them but ensure safe browsing across all the installed browsers. One such novel application is TrafficLight
. It claims to keep your computer safe by continually scanning the traffic for almost all the possible vulnerabilities that may seriously hamper your work. It is designed to play middle man role between sending and fetching request results, i.e, it intercepts web traffic before it reaches your browser, looks for disguised files, scripts, key logging modules and other phishing attempts, and blocks them right away if it finds any potentially harmful elements.
Take compromised websites for an instance, it happens a lot that some web pages of a website contain malicious code which shouldn't be surfed through. In such cases, it doesn’t block the whole website but intuitively prevent you from those pages which contain some serious risks, leaving you with safe browsing.
Virus Cleaners are essential as the web is bursting with a lot of elusive viruses which are crawling 24/7, ready to pounce on your system. Anti-virus tools are also in numbers and very efficient in relative attributes & areas. The portability factor is one which seems useful when it comes to such virus cleaning tools. Rizone Virus Cleaner
is one which offers mobility and simple interface to quickly find out & clean viruses/malwares from the system. Furthermore, if you're using other feature-rich Anti-virus suite like: Norton Antivirus, McAfe Antivirues, Microsoft Security Essentials,etc., it will not erupt any conflict with them and let you scan the system for viruses & malwares seamlessly.
or Security Software Downloader
is a portable opensource application that allows user to download multiple popular security software, both free and paid, from an easy-to-use interface. In layman’s term, it is a batch security software downloader.
New system protection suites shoot up like mushrooms lately, all of them bringing 'yet another' anti-virus/spam detection solution and if you're lucky they provide some spoofed up active – annoyingly attention-demanding – firewall.
Scanning your file online has many benefits over downloadable virus scanner, you can submit any file from any computer, if you have a slow system you won’t need to download anti-virus applications. VirusTotal is an online service that scans your file with 39 different anti-virus applications. Sounds Impossible, right? Read on to find out how to scan your file online. Read More
Are you fed up of reinstalling your Windows due to Malware or Spyware? Or you think that your computer might have gotton hijacked? This is where HijackThis
comes in, it will Scan Your Registry
and various other files for entries that are similar to what a Spyware or Hijacker Program would leave behind. Interpreting these results can be tricky as there are many legitimate programs that are installed in your operating system in a similar manner that Hijackers get installed.
In TrendMicro's own words,
HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive--areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.