For those family computer rescue sessions
December 21, 2011 8:22 PM Subscribe
posted by JHarris (43 comments total)
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Here are some free tools for rescuing infected Windows systems: Windows Defender Offline Beta
- Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
- BitDefender Bootable CD
- Avira Bootable CD
- How To Geek provides instructions for scanning a system from an Ubuntu Live CD.
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Windows malware has gotten a lot more insidious as of late. Many programs actively monitor the process list of the machine they're running on and immediately kill software that could be used to remove them, like msconfig, Windows Security Essentials and other antivirus programs. (In fact, if you try to run msconfig from the Run box and it never starts up, it's a good indication there's something screwy happening.) And even when it doesn't kill the program, many programs can somehow survive even when the antivirus program claims to have removed them. Many times I've had an antivirus program claim to have removed a piece of malware, only to reboot the machine and presto, it's still alive.
The problem is, if you scan a system for malware while malware is running, it can take measures to defend itself. So, the best way to be sure of killing malware is to scan it while booting off of alternate media, so it never gets a chance to run. So rescue CDs and USB drives are potentially much more effective.