Kaspersky TDSSKiller

Kaspersky TDSSKiller

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.18
  • Total Downloads:
    494,786
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 14, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,277
  • 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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1 stars

"This garbage has been nothing but trouble"

November 21, 2013  |  By budgetapps

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.8.18

Pros

I had 20012 version-Worked good--Now i have 3 computer-2 year version- I have had nothing but trouble--Tried support--All I get is automated support!! Good by Kapersky--Can't afford it now but as I finish this review,I will buy from another Co.(I have no Choice) This has been a nightmare!!!

Cons

In the 19 months that i had this--downloaded disk 15 times--sometimes code works -many times it doesn't!! Computers are trying enough--I do not need this extra headache--GOODBY

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1 stars

"I got a Blue screen and my computer is ruined. Thanks"

September 19, 2013  |  By celita37

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.8.18

Pros

absolutely none

Cons

Immediately my crashed and a blue screen popped up and now I can do absolutley nothing with my computer and probably everything is now lost all because I choose Cnet and their phony virus removal software that is really even more damaging to your computer. The first button on the top of the screen is not the Kapersky TDSS Killer software. All I am saying is that don't even bother to waste you time with this product. It is not working to say the least and will ruin you computer. BEWARE!

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5 stars

"worked great!"

July 31, 2013  |  By designgirl178

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.8.18

Pros

It found the virus and took care of it.

Cons

was concerned it would not work since it downloaded and scanned so fast. Too easy.

Summary

I love it, it did what no other antiviral could do and I put three others on my pc!

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2 stars

"Kaspersky TDSSKiller, don't waste your time"

July 05, 2013  |  By Ted Martin

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.8.18

Pros

Fast, you know quickly if it found anything.

Cons

Brief, so it probably didn't find anything unless it recognized something obvious.

Summary

Too minimal, doesn't do much. Stick with Malwarebytes.

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2 stars

"Didn't make it worse, but didn't make it better"

June 16, 2013  |  By hethomps

 |  Version: Kaspersky TDSSKiller 2.8.18

Pros

At least this didn't make the problem worse, unlike several other products I tried (which are included in the CNET list, beware).

Cons

It found a couple of unsigned files, calling them "medium risk" threats, but these were not what was causing the problem.

Summary

This might work for you, but it can't find the rootkit virus I have on my machine.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site http://www.kaspersky.com/
Release Date June 14, 2013
Date Added June 14, 2013
Version 2.8.18
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.99MB
File Name tdsskiller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 494,786
Downloads Last Week 3,277
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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