RUBotted, Anti-malware et al Print
Thursday, 25 June 2009 10:45

Millions of PCs are now thought to be silently controlled by spammers and criminal gangs. These PCs have been taken over by malware secretly downloaded onto the PCs using web exploits, infected emails and more. Trend Micro has a utility that helps you check your computer for such activity:

"RUBotted is a free program that monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer."

Try it out, if you're lucky your PC is clean. But you might be unpleasantly surprised to find it's been added to a botnet, in which case you'll at least know there's a problem and can take steps to clean your PC:

If RUBotted tells you your PC is infected, you might want to try out a piece of software that's free: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. There's a paid version that allows you block malware from being installed on your computer as you browse the web, but the free version can scan your computer for malware and remove it. We recommend using the anti-malware in addition to Avast anti-virus, a product we've found to be one of the fastest in updating for new viruses and protecting your computer. The free home version does a far better job than most of the other free anti-virus we've tried, and in fact is just as good or better than commercial versions. Since the anti-malware product looks for different things than the anti-virus, a combination of the two (and the two products above work well together) helps keep your PC clean.