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We live in a Dangerous world. For those of you who have not installed XP SP2, even more so. Here, at Mickyj.com, are the tools I use almost daily with clients. They are the tools I have found that I can not live without.

They all target specific problems.

If you need further information on Spyware, consider reading Sandi's blog at http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/

NEW ! I have had a new collection of tools that I have not finished testing just yet. As they are in a state of limbo, I thought I would give you the list and take any feedback for any of these.


Ratings
The more the stars, the more I recommend the tool (Max five stars)
The more the stars, The more complicated it is to use (Max Five)
The more the stars, The more careful you need to be when using it (Max Five)

Need a tool ? e-mail Michael Jenkin (mickyj) at mickyj@mickyj.com

 


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    Try out Sysinternals live !
    If you need a Sysinternals tool and can't find it, go to this link and run it directly.
    Malware Bytes
    By far the best and most promising Malware remover in 2008/2009
       
    Malware Bytes Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

    Download: Malware Bytes
    Download: Update Detection files
    Other Anti malware tools from this publisher can be found here

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Spyware
     
    Find out about the nasties at
    www.spywaredetails.com
    Look at some removal methods from another MVP site


    Spybot
    By far the easiest to use, update and install. Spybot, Search and destroy.
    Home web address

       
    Spybot 1.62 Spybot 1.62 has been released It includes many new features, Check it out at the Safer networking website

    Download: Spybot 1.4
    Download: Update Spybot Detection files
    Download: Update Spybot Tools files
    Download: Update Spybot Adv Check files

    Download: Spybot for other devices (Windows Mobile etc)
     

    Download: Spybot 1.62


    (If you can, please drop the author some money via Pay pal. It is a very worthy cause)

    Instructions for using this product.

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

     

    Microsoft Windows Defender (Previously Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware)
    Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from Spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known Spyware on your PC can be detected and removed, some in real-time.
    Removing Spyware helps reduce negative effects caused by Spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information.
    Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware continuous protection system improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways Spyware can enter your PC.
    Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, and updates are automatically downloaded to your PC so you stay up to date.
    Download here


    Also check out the Malicious Software Removal Tool

    (Or get it via Windows Updates)

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    Specifically Hotbar
    By far the easiest way to remove Hotbar, Hotbar outlook toolbars and other Hotbar related material http://hotbar.com/downloads/HbUninst.exe
    Download: Hot bar uninstaller

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               



    Free Online Pest Scan (Scan Only)
    Scan here!

     

    SpyFalcon
    One of the most annoying Spyware / Trojans you are likely to encounter (Since Feb 16, 06). This pretends to be a Windows Autoupdate and tells you that you have a virus and need to download a tool to clean it.

    Information: On Spyfalcon removal
    Download Smitrem: Smitrem
    Download Smitrem (alternative): Smitrem
    Download DelDomains.inf: Reset IE zones
    Download FixSF.reg: Registry file

     

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    SpwareQuake
    A close friend to spyfalcon.

    "Critical System Error! System detected virus activities. They may cause critical system failure. Please, use anti-Malware software"

    Flashing green wheel chair accessibility icon and the red circle for a cross.

    This can install itself as Yazzle or SpwareQuake. Trend Micro detects this as a Dialer called DIAL_RELAID.J

    Download Smitrem: Smitrem
    Download Smitrem (alternative): Smitrem
    Download FixSQ.zip: Registry file
    Download Killbox: File
    Download Ewido: File

    Finally....
    Download this text file to your desktop and follow the instructions

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    RegRun Reanimator
    Malware and rootkit remover.


    Reanimator is a free of charge software for removing Trojans/Adware/Spyware and some of the rootkits.


    Reanimator does not contain any adware/spyware modules.


    Supported Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003/VISTA.
    Compatible with all known antiviral software.


    Download :
    Reanimator

     

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Adware
    A very nice Adware remove. It also removes any Spyware that Spybot leaves behind.
    Home web address http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    Download: Adaware SE personal ed
    Download: Definition update

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               




    Email Bots

    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.

    Download: RUbotted


    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               



    RootKits


    Sysinternals Rootkit revealer

    NEW! Microsoft has moved Sysinternals to Here

    This tool is really cool. Much like all of Sysinternals tools.
    In the fight against nasties, this file is not a whish list item. It is a requirement.
    Download it at: Sysinternals

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    UnHackMe
    Unhackme !
    Whilst RootkitRevealer might find your Rootkit, unhackme will likely remove it
    Download it at: Greatis

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Trojans
    Very useful Trojan killer. This will seek Trojans and search your entire hard drive.
    Home web address http://www.moosoft.com/
    Download: The cleaner 4.1   (Cleaner updates)


    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               



    Ewido (now AVG)
    Another very useful Trojan killer.
    Home web address http://www.ewido.net/en/
    Download:
    ewido

    April 2006, Please note AVG have now acquired Ewido

    New Download site:AVG



    Silent Runners
    The purpose of "Silent Runners" is to identify the programs that start up with Windows. .
    Download: Silent Runners VBS file




    Hijackers
    These tools remove Internet explorer hijackers and other weird issues.
    To remove Cool Web search Download : CWShredder.exe
    And for other hijackers download: HijackThis.exe
    (Use this with Caution!)


    Update! InterMute has acquired CWShredder
    Update!
    InterMute is now a part of Trend Micro

    Update! "Cool Web search" has been acquired by Trend Micro
    Update! "Hijackthis" has been acquired by Trend Micro

    If the above link for CWShredder does not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.


    If the above link for Hijackthis does not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Viruses

    Trend Micro
    Possibly the fastest, least overhead scanner I know of. Trend Micro Pccillin Internet Security. This is a 30 day trial. Download it, manually update it. If you like it Buy IT!
    Click here to trial it (Over 90 mb)
    (More details available from here

    About TSC and Sysclean tools for Virus rescues
    Sysclean for non Trend Micro users (You also need to download the pattern file)
    TSC, Trend Stand alone Cleaner (For users of Trend Micro)
    Latest Trend Micro Pattern

    Remove the blaster Virus
    Remove the Sasser Virus


    Do an online Trend Micro Housecall scan right now ! (It is free)

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Alternatives
    Take a look at McAfee's emergency virus detect and clean tool
    Download McAfee Stinger

    Small tool - Mwav

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    AVG
    Free Antivirus. Also available in a purchased and supported version. Highly recommended for non for profit organizations or home users that can not afford other products


    Click here to download it

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    XP Winsock Issues
    A tool to use when all else has failed (WinSock XP Fix 1.2)
    Home web address http://tntmax.com/
    Download:
    XP Fix 1.2


    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    Other Winsock Issues
    Another tool to use when all else has failed
    Home web address http://www.bu.edu/pcsc/internetaccess/winsock2fix.html
    Download:
    W2fix.exe (Win98, Me)


    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               



    Firewall tools
    Zonealarm is one of the best firewall tools for personal use I have ever seen. It is easy to control, install and configure. Give it a try!.
    Compare Zonealarm versions
    Download a free copy of Zonealarm

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Web based tools
    Grc Sheilds Up firewall test
    Email relay test
    Event ID Lookup tool

    Aunic Domain name, DNS and reverse lookup tools (nslookup)
    Melbourne IT Domain name, DNS and reverse lookup tools (nslookup)
    Internic Domain name, DNS and reverse lookup tools (nslookup)
    Zoneedit Domain name, DNS and reverse lookup tools (nslookup)

    Check to see if you can get DSL in your area (They should all give the same result)
    Bigpond checker
    Internode checker
    Chariotchecker
    Westnet checker

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    File tools
    Finally the place I like to refer to as Tool heaven.
    If you ever need to track a registry setting, a file or process ...
    These are the guys to get the tools from.

    (July 2006, Please note Microsoft have now acquired
    Sysinternals and Wininternals)


    www.sysinternals.com
    Just to list some of my all time favorites
    Process Explorer


    Another process stopper (Killbox)
    File Monitor
    Registry Monitor
    BG info
    TCP View
     

    Microsoft has moved Sysinternals to Here

    Sysinternals live, check it out

    NEW! Sysinternals Process Monitor

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Find Compressed
    FindCompressed will search a directory tree for compressed (or uncompressed) files (including NTFS compression) and report found items to a console window. The output is suitable for use by shell scripts or other utilities that can process standard output. The exit status returned to the operating system is the number of matching items found.

    Download here

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Ez Audit
    EzAudit Web site
    Download the Demo

    Another great Audit tool - Belarc System Audit

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Windows 98 Shutdown Solutions
    Microsoft's Downloadable patches
    Suggestions and fault finding methods

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    Internet Explorer
    Registry files to repair your default web page settings
    Information leading to the repair of your default web page and use of the registry files and other tools.
    Registry file to repair your default web prefixing settings

    Explorer
    Deal with missing taskbars here


    File Recovery
    File Scavenger - NTFS Data Recovery Tool
    Get data back

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

    Nir Sofer Asterisk Logger v1.02
    This tool reveals what is behinf the Asterix for forgotten email passwords, websites and WEP keys.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               


    Offline NT Password and Registry Editor
    This Linux boot disk rocks. It will get you out of tight scrapes.

    People who use this should also consider Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               

     
    Network tools
    Superscan 4.0

    A powerful connect-based TCP port scanner, pinger and hostname resolver. Multithreaded and asynchronous techniques make this program extremely fast and versatile. Perform ping scans and port scans using any IP range or specify a text file to extract addresses from. Scan any port range from a built in list or specified range. Resolve and reverse-lookup any IP address or range. Modify the port list and port descriptions using the built in editor. Connect to any discovered open port using user-specified "helper" applications (e.g. Telnet, Web browser, FTP) and assign a custon helper application to any port. Save the scan list to a text file. User friendly interface.

    Download Superscan 4.0

    If the above links do not work, please notify webmaster@mickyj.com If you require the software urgently please try the filemirrors search engine. Please take care as the files found on this engine may not be the same item listed here.

    Recommendation

    Skill required      

    Danger               



    Dial-a-fix

    Dial-a-fix is a collection of 'known fixes' that have been compiled over the past year that really knock out some serious Windows problems, all with one or two clicks.

    Download here
    This has not yet been rated !

    Java Tools
    Sun Java
    Microsoft Java Windows 98
    Microsoft Java x86

     



    Media tools
    Direct X
    Microsoft Media Player
    Flash
    Shockwave
    Quicktime
    Real Player

     



    Readers and Viewers
    Adobe Acrobat reader
    Power Point Viewer
    Visio Viewer
    Word Viewer
    Excel Viewer

     



    run time libraries
    VB run time libraries (VB1)
    VB run time libraries (VB3)
    VB run time libraries (VB6)
    Jet version 3.5 libraries

    Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 3.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4)
    Direct Link msxml3cab.EXE
    Direct Link msxml3msms.EXE
    Direct Link msxml3usa.msi
    Windows Installer 2.0 Redistributable for Windows 95, 98, and Me




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    This is a quick selection of my favorites. If you require other tools, email me. I might know where to get them or someone who has them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

        

     

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