Thursday, July 17, 2008

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.
Temp. file & history cleaners

Registry cleaners

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
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

(use only one)
Firewall help and info

(use only one)
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
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
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 -

Password managers

File/Drive encryption
Comparison of disk encryption software


HijackThis log tutorials
Please ask for help in our forums 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

Virus hoax warnings - Wikipedia Virus hoax
Test Your Urban Legends IQ


Joy said...

What a great list, some very helpful stuff here.
Thank You

Kevin (evilfantasy) said...

Your welcome Joy. Glad you found it useful.