Malicious software called Bots can secretly take control of computers and make them participate in networks called “Botnets.” These networks can harness massive computing power and Internet bandwidth to relay spam, attack web servers, infect more computers, and perform other illicit activities.
Trend Micro RUBotted is a BETA program that scans your system for bot related activity protecting it effectively from being hijacked and misused for criminal activity. The computer is monitored for activity that is either harmful for the computer it is running on or other computers that are affected by actions from the monitored computer.
The main protection is gained from monitoring possible remote commands and control commands that are send from another computer . Other likely bot-related activities like mass mailings are monitored as well. RUBotted can be installed on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista and Windows Server.
The security application should work in conjunction with antivirus applications, even if those have not been designed by Trend Micro. In addition RUBotted offers to scan the computer using Trend Micro’s HouseCall, an online virus scanner. Some settings are offered to exclude specific requests from being monitored, those are: http incoming, smtp outgoing, irc requests and dns queries.