Thursday, August 11, 2011

Technician's toolbox - portable antivirus tools

Installing and uninstalling multiple antivirus software just to clean up PC after PC gets very tiring very quickly. Sometimes, it's just not an option. That's where portable antivirus removers come in real handy.

Here's a few I've used and found quite effective.

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool 2011
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool 2011. Easily one of the best portable virus removers out there right now. Version 2011 updates the interface but it's the same reliable antivirus tool under the hood.

Microsoft malicious software removal tool
Malicious software removal tool. Microsoft's offering isn't a full fledged antivirus. It's a targeted scanner designed to remove a selection of malicious software only, but it's good at those it's made to remove. To date it's still the go-to tool for removing conficker.

McAfee Stinger
McAfee Stinger. Although I haven't had a need to use Stinger for a while now, it's still a good tool to keep handy. Like Microsoft's malicious software remover, Stinger is a tool for removing a small selection of viruses.

There's always malicious software out there designed to evade detection from popular antivirus software. With these three, you've got your bases well covered in most cases. It's rare to find viruses evading these three in combination.

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