Free Stuxnet Removal Tool From BitDefender

imageBitDefender an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, has just released a free removal tool targeting Win32.Worm.Stuxnet.

This tool is capable of removing all known variants of Win32.Worm.Stuxnet, as well as the rootkit drivers that are used to conceal critical components of the worm.

Win32.Worm.Stuxnet is a new breed of e-threats that emerged in mid-July. Although it infects all Windows-based systems alike, it primarily targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems which run the Siemens WinCC software.

The worm spreads by taking advantage of a multitude of zero day exploits in the current versions of Windows. Moreover, it can execute itself from an infected removable medium as soon as the .lnk file on the drive which has been read by the operating system. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability results in the injection of a backdoor, as well as the installation of two rootkits that will conceal both the .lnk files and the accompanying .tmp files.

“BitDefender added generic detection covering all variants of Stuxnet on July 19, thus protecting our customers since day zero. As part of our constant efforts to help worldwide users fight against e-threats, BitDefender has also created a Stuxnet Removal Tool. Computer users who are not protected by a BitDefender security solution can now eliminate Stuxnet from their infected systems as well,” said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab.

The tool can be run on both 32- and 64-bit installations, and it will eliminate both the rootkit drivers and the worm. Stuxnet Removal Tool can be downloaded from the Removal Tools section of

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4 responses to “Free Stuxnet Removal Tool From BitDefender

  1. Marcus


    Do you think we are already witnessing Stuxnet manifestations?

    • Hi Marcus,

      At this point it doesn’t appear as if we are. There have been all sorts of rumors of course (including the Iranian Nuclear facility attack – since denied), but nothing concrete. As you know, Stuxnet does not attack the computers that host it, but uses them as a base from which to attack Siemens software that runs industrial operating systems.

      If I had a dollar for every “super” worm, or virus, I’ve heard of – I’d be rich. I’ve learned to be just a little cynical when it comes to these super threats. I’m in “wait and see” mode, on this one.


  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I’ve gotta say, I am becoming pretty impressed with Bitdefender lately. I never used their products much in the past as I didn’t know much about them. But these tools on their Malwarecity site are just excellent. I’m running this Stuxnet one as I type.