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Alternatives to Lavasoft Ad-Aware July 2014

A list of alternatives to the popular anti-malware software Lavassoft Ad-Aware.


McAfee Stinger

McAfee Stinger

McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but a specialized tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with infected system. Stinger utilizes next-generation scan technology, including rootkit scanning, and scan performance optimizations. It detects and removes threats identified under the "Threat List" option under Advanced menu options in the Stinger application.


Malicious Software Removal Tool

Malicious Software Removal Tool

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found.

When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malware was detected and removed.


Avira AntiVir Removal Tool

Avira AntiVir Removal Tool

This Removal Tool does not replace any antivirus solution. You must install an antivirus product on your system and keep it up-to-date, in order to ensure your protection.


ESET Rogue Applications Remover

ESET Rogue Applications Remover

ESET products automatically identify and clean the majority of infected files. Visit the following ESET Knowledgebase article if you think your computer is infected with a virus or malware: I think my computer has a virus - what should I do?

If you still experience abnormal system behavior or believe you are infected with malware after following the instructions in the Knowledgebase article above, we recommend that you contact ESET Customer Care.

ESET provides stand-alone tools to remove particularly resilient threats, including rogue antivirus programs, Antispyware programs and malware, which you can download below:


Fake Antivirus (FakeAV) Removal Tool

Fake Antivirus (FakeAV) Removal Tool

Fake Antivirus (FakeAV) threats have been rampant in the past few years. Various FAKEAV variants have infected millions of PCs and are continuously spreading worldwide.
One reason why FAKEAV infections have become well-known to users is because they have visual payloads. Variants of the malware family often display pop-up messages telling users that their machines have been infected. This may cause panic among users, pressuring them to purchase rogue antivirus applications in the hope of resolving the issue. Users, however, should never purchase antivirus software from unknown sources.


G Data FakeAVCleaner

G Data FakeAVCleaner

The G Data SecurityLabs constantly detect various new websites which spread the FakeAV “System Tool” and want to use the recent wave of detections to explain the typical sequence of actions of a FakeAV attack, highlight signals to make you see the red light and provide an exclusive tool to remove the FakeAV “System Tool” from your computer in case you fell for it.

Multi Virus Cleaner (MVC) : detects and removes major viruses

Multi Virus Cleaner is a free, stand-alone utility used to detect and remove major viruses.

Remove Fake Antivirus 1.99

Remove Fake Antivirus is used to remove the most popular fake antiviruses. What is fake antivirus? This is a type of virus/malwares which disguises itself to be an antivirus. It infects your computer when you accidentally click a link in a website which will download the malware into your computer and run automatically when your windows boot.

Antispyware, Antivirus, Endpoint Protection & Mobile Security | Webroot

Webroot® SecureAnywhere™ is faster, lighter and more effective. Antispyware, malware & virus protection anytime, anywhere. Get protected today!

ComboFix: A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix

A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix

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Norton Rescue Tools

Sometimes computers become so infected with threats that are deeply buried in the computer's operating system that special tools are required to remove them. That's where Norton Rescue Tools can help. Norton Bootable Recovery Tool and Norton Power Eraser are designed to target and eliminate these hard-to-remove threats and unique types of crimeware.

Official SmitFraudFix Page

SmitFraudFix removes Desktop Hijack malware. It created by S!Ri, and is available for FREE


FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool which will help you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, trojans, viruses and worms. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of locations where unwanted software has a known record of appearing or leaving traces.

Comodo Cleaning Essentials

Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) is a set of powerful security tools designed to help users identify and remove malware and unsafe processes from Windows computers. Designed as a portable application, the software requires no installation and can be run directly from removable media such as a USB key.

GetSusp | McAfee Free Tools

GetSusp is recommended as a first tool of choice when analyzing a suspect computer.

Universal Virus Sniffer Free Download

Universal Virus Sniffer is a light software solution that can help you scan your computer for all kinds of virus threats, infections and remove them. It's an application that enables you to perform scans on an operating system image, remote computer as well as on the one on which it is currently running.

AntiVirus Free Trial - Free Malware Scan | Webroot

Want to try the fastest, lightest, most effective antivirus and malware protection available? Download a free trial or free malware scan from Webroot today!

Rkill: Malware Process Terminator and Anti-Malware Assistant

Are you having difficulty to remove fraud tool using your anti-malware or anti-virus program? Use this guide on how to use Rkill and find links to download it for free. The Rkill program will assist your scanner and remover in terminating malicious processes.

Télécharger RogueKiller (Site Officiel)

English webpage link For english speakers, the official english webpage can be found here : English webpage . Présentation du logiciel -- RogueKiller est un programme informatique antivirus écrit en C/C++, qui scanne les processus windows en cours d'éxécution, et tue ceux qui sont malicieux.