Kaspersky TDSSKiller

Kaspersky TDSSKiller

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 28 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.38
  • Total Downloads:
    533,132
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,345
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Rootkits burrow into the roots of your Windows operating system, hiding and intercepting Windows API functions, often modifying them for their own purposes, which are seldom benign. TDSSKiller by Kaspersky Labs can find and remove rootkits, either in Normal Mode or Safe Mode. It targets malware where it lurks, including boot records.

We extracted and ran TDSSKiller, which immediately found an available update. Kaspersky strongly advised downloading the update before we scanned our system; we strongly agreed. This involved downloading and extracting a completely new copy of this compact, portable app, but that probably took less time than most ordinary updates. The tool's interface is about as simple as they come: one big Scan button, plus buttons to Change Parameters, view a Report, and Close the program. But the interface also describes what TDSSKiller targets, including a variety of known rootkits as well as rootkit-like anomalies, among them Sinowal, Stoned, Whistler, Trop, Cmoser, Pihar, and others, with new threats added by updates. We clicked Start Scan. TDSSKiller scanned 445 objects in our system in 13 seconds and found zero threats. That's what we expected it to find, but it's still a relief to see a clean report. We clicked Change Parameters, which let us select or deselect both Services and drivers and Boot sector for scanning (both are selected by default). The program only offers two more options: Verify file digital signatures and Detect TDLFS file system. A button lets you quickly restore the default settings.

Even though TDSSKiller found no malware to remove from our system, it generated a detailed report of every step of the recent operation. While we're glad we didn't need Kaspersky TDSSKiller, we don't doubt its ability to find what it claims it can, in part because we've had good experiences with other free utilities from Kaspersky Labs, but also because it's worked well for users who need it to clean up their systems. We're just glad it's available, and happy to run it on our supposedly clean system, even if only to prove it's clean. Come to think of it, that may be the best reason of all.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IT WORKED!!"

August 01, 2012  |  By kdmerchvt

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.7.38

Pros

I signed into CNET just to write this review. This product worked like a champ!! Made me look like a genius to my client. I was having an ataport.sys blue screen of death error. It looked like a virus, but I wasn't sure. THANK YOU KASPERSKY!! Saved me a lot of time.

Cons

uh... how about NO cons at all!!

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5 stars

"It really does KILL em!"

August 01, 2012  |  By ravilinda

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.7.38

Pros

In paid version of Avast, I was getting repeated "Malicious URL Blocked" messages. Twigged onto rootkits (which are invisible to AV software) and Kaspersky from Avast Forum.
Free download. Run. Problem solved.
Does this program remove all rootkits and related nasties? If so, it is AWESOME.
All I can say is - thanks!

Cons

The only problem I had was not finding out about TDSSKiller sooner.

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5 stars

"Does exactly what it says on the tin"

July 27, 2012  |  By Leneordbullhock

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.7.38

Pros

FAST. Simple. Effective.

Cons

None absolutely nothing

Summary

I had faffed about for weeks trying to get rid of some spy/malware that I got stung with from a `trusted` site. I tried ALL the free antivirus and malware removers. None were effective, all stating that no threats were found. But having your fan blowing on continuously isn`t normal.
This fixed it. 2 threats. Now in quarantine. Laptop quicker (and quieter)
I`m seriously considering junking my free AVG and going Kaspersky and paying for the first time ever. Thats not a plug thats fact.

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5 stars

"Great product!"

July 26, 2012  |  By usmcluke

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.7.38

Pros

Works as advertise. Got rid of BSOD and computer crash.

Cons

None this thing works great.

Summary

Works as advertised. My computer caught a malware that cause the computer to go to the Blue Screen of Death, wouldn't let me play any videos and when searching on google it would redirect me to different websites. I reboot, ran in safemode, ran multiple anti-malware (malwarebytes) and virus (avast and avg) scans and nothing fixed it. I installed this and the computer is working great again.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site http://www.kaspersky.com/?cid=acq-cnet
Release Date May 30, 2012
Date Added May 30, 2012
Version 2.7.38
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4MB
File Name tdsskiller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 533,132
Downloads Last Week 2,345
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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