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Kaspersky TDSSKiller

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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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Kaspersky TDSSKiller, don't waste your time"

    July 5, 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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  • 2.0 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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