Trusted security tools & resources

Don’t take chances on downloading unknown software

– I have used and/or recommend these tools.
– If you are unsure of what tools are safe to download, use this list.
– Some of the tools can damage a perfectly good OS if not used with care.
– Use caution and only download from known safe sites.
– Always download from the software makers Website if possible.
The software listed here is malware free, that does not mean that the site you download from is.

– Unless otherwise noted the tools below are FREE.
– Some are available as trial/shareware versions and have full functions during the trial period.


Safe download sites

(Any site with a bunch of free ScreenSavers is not safe!)

If your going to download anything regarding a security product, ALWAYS get it from the vendors website.

Backup & imaging

Temp. file & history cleaners


Registry cleaners

Warning: Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from starting. If your not 100% positive then leave it alone! Always make a back up of the registry first.

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

All-in-one

File shredders


Securely wipe hard disks

Caution: DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it detects.

Tutorial: How to completely wipe all the data from your hard drive

Firewalls (use only one)

Firewall help and info


Antivirus
(use only one)

Virtualization/Sandboxing

Sandbox

Virtualization:

Gaming antivirus


Portable security


Spyware/Malware scan & removal

Some offer real time protection with the paid version

Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites


Online virus & spyware scans

Most of these require working ActiveX – Internet Explorer


Online trojan scans
Require Internet Explorer


Virus & spyware
blockers

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
IE-Spyad
Tutorial: Using IE-Spyad


Anti-Trojan scanners


Keylogger detection

Keyloggers: How they work and how to detect them


Rootkit detection
Rootkit scans can be easily misunderstood
It is advised to ask for help if you are not sure of the findings

Dealing with the threat of trojan rootkits


Online website URL analysis & advisors

SafeSurf ® – The original Internet content rating system! – ICCS® Certified

For added security always keep your browser,
firewall and antivirus up to date!
Software Vulnerability Scanning – Secunia.com


Password managers


File/Drive encryption

Comparison of disk encryption software


Analysis


HijackThis log tutorials

Please ask for help when using HijackThis if you are not 100% positive


Specialized free removal tools

You may need to know the virus or spyware
name to use some of these


Program & file identification


Suspicious file scanners
These will not remove malware but will help
identify if a file is infected


Remove stubborn files/programs


General purpose/all in one fixes
These tools can fix some Browser and Internet problems
caused by malware.


Web browsers


Vulnerability testing


Software updates & definitions


Malware databases


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