RKill terminates and removes the most stubborn malware infections, but it's not for beginners or for any user who isn't sure what it does or why they need it. RKill kills processes that prevent anti-malware tools from running, removes bad Registry entries, and fixes policies that prevent some anti-malware tools from running. It then stops and restarts Explorer so Registry changes will take effect and finishes by logging it all. RKill is portable freeware that downloads as a zipped file.
Pro-level power: RKill is capable of pulling the rug out from underneath malware by terminating processes that effectively shield them from cleaning with conventional utilities.
Fast and thorough: RKill scanned quickly and reported our PC's clean and healthy status. We expected no less, but users who turn to RKill to remove stubborn malware usually do so after trying the usual programs first.
Log: RKill's log file lists all terminated processes, including those terminated by the user. The data could help diagnose a deeply hidden infection.
No GUI: RKill is easy to use but lacks a GUI since running from the Command Line prevents some malware from running, which will intimidate some users (though arguably such users should think twice before trying RKill).
Though we lacked any deep-rooted malware for RKill to rub out, we're glad to know about this powerful portable freeware. We plan to keep it handy in our toolkit, just in case.
From Bleeping Computer:
RKill is a program developed at BleepingComputer.com that was originally designed for the use in our malware removal guides. It was created so that we could have an easy to use tool that kills known processes that stop the use of our normal anti-malware applications. Simple as that. Nothing fancy. Just kill known malware processes so that anti-malware programs can do their job.
So in summary, RKill just kills processes, imports a Registry file that removes incorrect file associations and fixes policies that stop us from using certain tools. Then it kills Explorer.exe so it will restart and enable some of the Registry changes. When done, RKill will then create a log listing all processes that were terminated while the program was running. Please note that this will include processes that were terminated manually by the user as well as RKill. Other than what is listed above, it does nothing else.
-useful for cleaning deeply entrenched malware.
-will kill anything nasty that's running (and trying to protect itself) so you can scan with your Antivirus and clean it.
-respectable company (owner)
-aggressive. know what you're doing!
-for me this is last resort cleaning (or when you find something really entrenched). this can save you from a system reinstall.
November 23, 2013
Version: RKill build 4
Allows your anti-malware and anti-virus software to work when your browser has been hijacked or the malware/virus won't let your real anti-malware/virus run.
None I can find
I have been using this for years,it always does the job. Simple but effective, stops the processes that cause disruption in your anti-virus/malware program. No installer, just stops the bad guys. It is one of the best geek tools I have found.
January 04, 2013
Version: RKill build 4
None that I can see, unless you like Trojans and Adware.
Like I said, r-kill contains a Trojan and Adware.
I ran the latest r-kill which was released today (1-4-'13), and then I immediately ran the latest Dr.WebCureIT scan, which also was released today. After doing so, the scan detected a Trojan and some Adware in the r-kill program. Need I say more!??
Perhaps if you learned a little more about the company that came up with Rkill and how anti-malware works you would understand it instead of mouthing off about a wonderful program. Rkill is not even installed, it is an exe. file, if you had trojans or adware after you ran it, it wasn't from rkill but possibly from your download source. Many pieces of malware won't allow you to use your anti-virus or anti-malware, Rkill shuts down these processes so you can do just that. It is almost impossible to find anti-virus or anti-malware that won't give you a false positive at some point that's why you need to use more than one.
RKill is an executable file. It does not install It contains no malware. None. You may have gotten some sort of malware from the site you downloaded from. Always download from the source for best security.
it's own search found two files that it's installer tried to install as malware, so I guess it works a bit..
installed funmoods browser search redirect even though I declined in the Rkill installation and did not fix the browser search redirect within Chrome. I manually had to delete funmoods from all three browsers since it installed BHO in IE and extensions in Firefox, luckily the process I used to clean Chrome took care both funmoods and the other redirect. I do not understand how a program that is supposed to clean malware on CNET installs malware.
I am pretty technical, so I had to do my manual cleanup, but I would not install this unless Rkill guys can connect themselves with more appropriate companies if they are using these other companies to make money or pay for development.
Doesn't say much for CNET. Always download from the creator (in this case bleeping computer.) If you must download from a third party stick with Filehippo or majorgeeks. RKill is an executable file - no installation involved. Pay attention, read the fine print when running an installation process.
As the developer of Rkill, I can say that the information you posted is completely inaccurate. There is absolutely no installer for Rkill and thus there is nothing to decline when running it.
Rkill is a standalone application that performs its task of killing malicious processes and fixing related registry entries. It then terminates and leaves nothing behind but the original executable and the log file.
If you had a different experience when running Rkill then you were not using the legitimate program and downloaded an imposter.