Trend Micro’s CWShredder – http://free.antivirus.com/cwshredder/:
- Avast Free Antivirus – http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html
- Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567 – http://download.cnet.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html
- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html
- “AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011” by Neil J. Rubenking (PcMagazine review; 2010.10.04) – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370108,00.asp
- Pros: Excellent scores in independent tests. Fast antivirus scan. Above average in my malware removal tests. LinkScanner add-in blocks malicious exploits. No false positives. Scans and marks Facebook links. Multi-function toolbar. One-time system tuneup. Free identity theft recovery.
- Cons: Didn’t thoroughly remove detected threats. LinkScanner missed many phishing sites. Below-average rootkit and scareware blocking.
- Bottom Line: AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 is better at removing malware than most free solutions, but not at malware blocking. With the current release it has the full power of AVG’s paid solutions, and the independent labs give it top marks. Add some unusual bonus features and you’ve got a solid choice for free antivirus protection.
- AVG LinkScanner online – http://www.linkscanner.com/linkscanner/default.aspx
- ClamWin Free Antivirus – http://sourceforge.net/projects/clamwin/
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
- ‘Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware 1.46″ by Neil J. Rubenking (PcMagazine; 2010.05.07) – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2363509,00.asp
- Pros: Fast download, fast install, fast scan. Good malware cleanup, especially against scareware. Paid edition offers real-time protection, malicious web site blocking.
- Cons: Poor cleanup of rootkits and commercial keyloggers. Must pay for real-time protection. Real-time protection also weak against rootkits and commercial keyloggers./li>
- Bottom Line: When support agents from other vendors run into malware that foils their own product they frequently direct users to run Malwarebytes. I can see why—it’s small, fast, and simple. This free product should definitely be in your toolbox. Just don’t pay extra for real-time protection./li>
- Malware Sweeper Free 2.2 – http://download.cnet.com/Malware-Sweeper-Free/3000-2144_4-10431422.html
- Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition – http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/ | CNET’s download – http://download.cnet.com/Panda-Cloud-Antivirus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10914099.html | Blog – http://blog.cloudantivirus.com/
- Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.1 – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364844,00.asp
- Pros: Small download. Quick install. Simple, attractive interface. Cloud-based malware detection needs no signature updates. This version adds behavioral malware detection. Very effective at keeping malware out of clean systems. Free!
- Cons: In malware-cleanup testing, didn’t detect as many threats as the competition and didn’t thoroughly remove what it did detect. Limited functionality when no Internet connection available.
- Bottom Line: This free antivirus is great at keeping malicious software from installing on clean computers. It’s less effective at cleaning up existing infestations, so, if it detects a threat, run another product for a second scrubbing.
Trend Micro CWShredder is a tool to find and remove traces of CoolWebSearch – the name for a wide range of insidious browser hijackers– from your PC. CoolWebSearch installs dozens of bookmarks–mostly to porn Web sites–on your desktop, changes your home page without asking, and continually changes it back if you attempt to correct it. Furthermore, it significantly slows down the performance of your PC, and introduces modifications which cause Microsoft Windows™ to freeze, crash or randomly reboot. CWShredder removes these browser hijackers.
Trend Micro’s HouseCall – http://housecall.trendmicro.com/:
HouseCall is on-demand scanner for identifying and removing viruses, Trojans, worms, unwanted browser plugins, and other malware.
Anti-Rootkit / Rootkit detection
- Trend Micro’s RootkitBuster – http://free.antivirus.com/rootkit-buster/
A rootkit scanner that offers ability to scan for hidden files, registry entries, processes, drivers and hooked system services, and MBR. It also includes the cleaning capability for hidden files and registry entries. Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkit detection, gives RootkitBuster the ability to detect hidden MBR content. It can spot all variants of MBR rootkit in the wild. MBR rootkits first began appearing in the wild late 2007. New variants continue to appear.
- Trend Micro’s RUBotted – http://free.antivirus.com/rubotted/:
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. RUBotted monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer.
- Sophos Anti RookKit – http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit.html
- chrootkit – http://www.chkrootkit.org/ (MAC and many linux/unix versions)
- GMER – http://www.gmer.net/ – (Windows)
File and container/volume encryption
“Secure” file erasure
Host-based (aka “Personal”) firewalls
More on this blog: IpTables – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/iptables/ | Port Knocking – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/port-knocking/ | Firewalls – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/firewalls/
- GoogleSharing – http://www.googlesharing.net/ – a special kind of anonymizing proxy service, designed … to provide a level of anonymity that will prevent Google from tracking your searches, movements, and what websites you visit. … [it] is not a full proxy service designed to anonymize all your traffic, but rather something designed exclusively for your communication with Google. … [the] system is totally transparent, with no special “alternative” websites to visit. Your normal work flow should be exactly the same. It operates as a Firefox extension (“addon”).