Multiple antimalware developers are now reporting, we are currently being exposed to approximately 70,000 new malware threats EVERY day!
Unfortunately for those of us who have to deal with this onslaught, much of this malware is smart – very smart. So smart in fact, that in many cases malware will recognize that the infected user is attempting to launch an antimalware application, and abort the launch.
At this point, many users give up and resort to more drastic measures, including a disk wipe, reformat, and an OS re-install. Thankfully, there is another option.
Larry Abrams over at BleepingComputer, perhaps the best web site of its type, where free help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software, has developed an excellent free tool to deal with this problem.
Here’s how Larry describes RKill –
“RKill is a program developed at BleepingComputer.com that was originally designed for the use in our malware removal guides. It was created so that we could have an easy to use tool that kills known processes that stop the use of our normal anti-malware applications. Simple as that. Nothing fancy. Just kill known malware processes so that anti-malware programs can do their job.”
Graphic courtesy of Bleeping Computer.
If you deal with malware removal on a regular basis, or you’re a “super user”, and I know many of you are, I highly recommend that you add RKill to your antimalware toolbox.
RKill is available at the following download sites:
Note: Because RKill may exhibit behavior similar to the malware it is designed to shut down, your AV may recognize it as malware. This condition is not unusual when dealing with antimalware specialty tools. RKill is a safe application.
Before using RKill get more complete instructions here.
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