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Jul 9 2008   5:03AM GMT

[TLBAT] Anti-malware tools

alessandro.panzetta Alessandro Panzetta Profile: alessandro.panzetta

Hello folks, continuing on the path to save our low budget a matter that has to be faced is the detection and removal of virus, malware and spyware.

I normally tend to use professional tools for these delicate matters because of several considerations: when you BUY software you also have support, agreements, SLAs and so on; also by using a professional product you can easily centralize the management of your antivirus infrastructure by scheduling corporate scans, virus definitions updates and so on. But we won’t loose the spirit of the TLBAT section and I’ll provide you suggestions on some freeware tools that you can use to protect your network.

The tools are:

  1. Grisoft’s AVG antivirus
  2. SpyBot Search & Destroy
  3. HiJackThis
  4. Microsoft malware removal tool

AVG is an antivirus software and here I won’t spent too much words; SpyBot S&D has to be used when you suspect that spyware or malware is installed on your computer, this software has automated removal procedures and is easy to use; HiJackThis is a more pro-skilled software because it searches in several places in your computer looking for BHO (Browser Helper Objects), hijackers (ex. you want to surf to yahoo.com but it redirects you to malware.com) and registry entries. Seen that the informations catched by HiJackThis are sometimes in critical components of your system please be really careful of what you are removing!! For the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, this is a software that helps for removing most known virii (plural of virus) such as Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom and so on.
My 2 cents: these tools, the HoneyPot described in a previous article and the patch/update control server (WSUS) can be affordable in protecting your network…but don’t forget this principle “A security-relaxed SysAdmin is the weakest entry point in a structure” so never, I say never, deploy your tools and think “I’m safe now” because it will come the day in which your network is infected by all kind of virii , malware, pornware and whateverware!!!

Stay tuned and keep on reading this blog.

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