Just like the 14 free specialty malware removal tools I wrote on earlier this year, Norman Malware Cleaner has been designed to identify tough malware infections, including specific malware, and then help you eradicate those infections.
Since this particular application is a stand alone executable, it does not require installation (perfect for a Flash Drive). Since scanning with the most recent definition database is a must, you will need to download a new version of the application on a per use basis.
On execution, you will be presented with the following end user agreement. This may be the shortest end user agreement I’ve ever seen.
Despite the fact that this is a powerful application, setting the options is fairly straightforward.
For the first test, I ran a simple Quick scan as illustrated in the following two screen captures.
This scan completed in less than four minutes, and indicated that no infections were present.
I then changed two critical group policies which duplicated common malware attacks – no access to the Task Manager, and restricted access to Windows Explorer (show hidden files).
As you can see in the following screen shot, Norman Malware Cleaner had no difficulty picking up on, and cleaning, these registry changes on a scan rerun.
A scan results log file is saved to the desktop, as illustrated.
Detect and Remove malware (viruses, Rootkit’s, FakeAV, worms and more)
Utilize advanced Anti-Rootkit technology
Scanning and cleaning including Norman patented Norman SandBox technology
Supports Quick- Normal- Full- Custom Scan mode
Command line function for better tailor scanning across several machines (businesses)
Daily signature updates available
Systems requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and Win 7.
Download at: Norman
Registration is required.
Note: This application is for use when you are dealing with a machine you know is infected. It is not a replacement for a real-time AV.
As with most tools in this class, advanced computer knowledge is required. Unless you feel confident in your diagnostic skills, you would be better off avoiding this application.
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