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Editors' Review


Kaspersky TDSSKiller from Kaspersky Lab is a free utility that detects and removes rootkits and rootkit-like anomalies. The new version still offers the same streamlined, user-friendly interface, as well as quick scans.


Super-easy setup: As soon as you download the application, it's ready to scan. It took 35 seconds to run a complete scan, and found no threats, but that was to be expected since our computer was new and had already had proper scans in place.

Easy-to-understand scan results: A link takes you to the scan results; however, ours came up blank since no threats were found. You can opt to show information messages with the click of a checkbox. Doing so will display all of the objects that were scanned.

Detailed report: A report link offers a thorough accounting of everything that was scanned, including timestamps for each object scan.


Not a lot of configuration options: Basically, you have four objects to choose from to scan, but you can't drill down within each object. Additional options include: verifying file digital signatures, detecting a TDLFS file system and using KSN to scan objects. If you're looking for more settings, you won't find any here.

Hard to determine accuracy: We assumed since our computer is new and has proper AV software already in place that it would not find anything, but we really have no way of knowing if the program somehow overlooked actual threats. Also, since the scan didn't find any threats, we had no way to determine if the program is capable of removing said threats.

Bottom Line

If you want a no-frills rootkit detector, Kaspersky TDSSKiller will appeal to you, though we recommend that you use it as a supplement to other AV/malware software. However, if you prefer more configuration options with your security software, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site
Release Date April 18, 2017
Date Added April 18, 2017
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.69MB
File Name tdsskiller.exe
Total Downloads 684,598
Downloads Last Week 317
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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