Download Two Free Last Resort Malware Removal Tools – Norton Power Eraser and NoVirusThanks

I just set up a system with Windows 7 Enterprise Edition to take it for a bit of a test run. This new install gave me the perfect opportunity (on an known clean system), to test a couple of specialty malware removal tools I’ve had kicking around for a while. Ones that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

What intrigued me with these tools was, each one makes reference to the fact that it is capable of detecting and removing Rogue Software, a scourge that currently infests the Internet.

The first one I took a look at was – NoVirusThanks Malware Remover, which, according to the publisher, is “an application designed to detect and remove specific malware, Trojans, worms and other malicious threats that can damage your computer. It includes the ability to remove rogue software, spyware and adware.”

For a complex tool, the user interface is surprisingly simple, since it’s laid out in the familiar tabs and check boxes format which makes it easy to follow.

Despite the publisher’s assertion that this tool “is very fast”, I didn’t find it particularly so. It took fully 15 minutes to complete the scan. Norton Power Eraser (described later), took less than 2 minutes.

No Virus Thanks 2

On the plus side though, NoVirusThanks Malware Remover did not return any false positives, which is a bit unusual for an aggressive specialty tool. This can be very positive of course, for those users unused to running such a high powered tool.

No Virus Thanks 3

Fast facts:

Accurate Disinfection Method
Remove Rogue Software and Unwanted Applications
Remove Trojans, Spyware and Worms
Quick Scan and Full Scan
Scan Processes
Scans Modules
Scans Registry
Backup Files and Folders
Easy to use

System requirements: Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Download at: Novirusthanks.org

The second specialty malware removal tool I took a look at, comes from a more familiar developer – Symantec, who’s free Norton Power Eraser, makes essentially the same claims as NoVirusThanks. Specifically, that it detects and removes scareware, or rogueware.

Symantec describes Norton Power Eraser in part, as a tool that “takes on difficult to detect crimeware known as scareware or rogueware. The Norton Power Eraser is specially designed to aggressively target and eliminate this type of crimeware and restore your PC back to health.”

Again, Norton Power Eraser’s user interface is simple, and easy to follow.

Norton Power Eraser 1

As opposed to NoVirusThanks, Norton did point out two issues that were in fact, false positives, as the following screen capture indicates.

Norton Power Eraser 2

Power Eraser, does offer the user additional information on suspicious files, so that the user can make a more accurate assessment as to the validity of the findings, as the following screen capture shows. You’ll note that in this case NoVirusThanks, is shown as a suspicious file.

It should be shown as a suspicious file, since its behavior replicates, in part, the familiar behavior of malware.

Norton Power Eraser 3

The second suspicious activity “advanced”, refers to my habit of hiding my Desktop icons, since I dislike that cluttered look. Besides which, on all my machines, my work applications are displayed in the Taskbar.

Norton Power Eraser 4

Note: According to Symantec – “You should use Power Eraser only when nothing else will remove the threat and you are willing to accept the risk that the scanner may quarantine a legitimate program.”

System requirements: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Download at: Symantec

These tools require advanced computer knowledge, and unless you feel confident in your diagnostic skills, you should avoid them.

Should you choose to add these applications to your antimalware toolbox, be aware that you will need the latest updated version for maximum efficiency.

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16 responses to “Download Two Free Last Resort Malware Removal Tools – Norton Power Eraser and NoVirusThanks

  1. Liam O' Moulain

    Bill,

    Maybe my skills aren’t really advanced, but I’m gonna try these anyway.

    Thanks.

    Liam

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Liam,

      The warning on these being advanced tools still stands.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Bill

  2. Bill Mullins

    Well, Hi yourself.

    Bill

  3. Ranjan

    Hi Bill,
    I too would like to try it..
    Thanks for the info.

  4. Ranjan

    Okay Bill. Will let you know by tomorrow…

  5. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Always good to have a few extra tools in case the others can’t remove crap. Into the toolbox they go (I will need to buy a bigger one I think).

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      Yeah, I’ll bet that old toolbox is starting to fill up Mal. But if they keep giving them away, I expect that you, like me, will keep on taking them. 🙂

      Best,

      Bill

  6. Bill,

    As always, you have the knack for finding the best security products. Thanks for “testing” and sharing these with us.

    Rick

  7. Thanks Bill, I’ll have to check it out. I need some antimalware applications on some VM’s I’m running on Fusion. Looks like an interesting take on dealing with the rogue malware kits running amok online these days.
    Mark

  8. Ranjan

    Hi Bill,
    I tried NMR. Did a full scan. Didn’t take much time but CPU usage goes to 100% when the scan is about to end but that’s ok as it doesn’t stays for any long.
    The Aggressive Deletion is a good feature for stubborn nasties and the Help file too is well explained and easily understandable.
    In short, it’s a nice tool adding an extra layer of protection.

  9. Ranjan

    My pleasure Bill. 🙂

  10. evereddie

    Norton? I thought they were a virus. At least on the machines I have had to work on that had it on them.

    • Bill Mullins

      I’ve personally used Norton products since 1982 when Peter Norton developed the first set of Norton Utilities. You couldn’t be further off base. If you’re referring to Symantec’s anti-malware products, then your comment is not backed up by any readily available anti-malware product tests.

      You’re entitled to your opinion of course, but hard evidence is much more convincing.

      Bill