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RKill

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 54 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.2
  • Total Downloads:
    783,549
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    863
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #16 in Anti-Spyware

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Editors' Review

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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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).

Bottom Line

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.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"very useful for those rare times you need it"

November 29, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: RKill 2.6.8.0

Pros

-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.
-portable
-respectable company (owner)

Cons

-aggressive. know what you're doing!

Summary

-for me this is last resort cleaning (or when you find something really entrenched). this can save you from a system reinstall.

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4 stars

"worked on a few pc's i have cleaned in the past"

March 16, 2014  |  By THE TRUTH TELLER

 |  Version: RKill 2.6.5.0

Pros

Works get it from the original authors at bleepingcomputer.com

Cons

None that i know of. pretty straight forward command line with out a user interface program. Which stops malware programs from running. Best to use it in safe mode.

Summary

Works GREAT ON THOSE FAKE ROUGE PROGRAMS LIKE THE FAKE WINDOWS SECURITY SUITE THAT REPORTS ALL KINDS OF INFECTIONS AND MAKES YOU PAY TO GET RID OF THEM.

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5 stars

"Works great"

November 23, 2013  |  By redmane

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

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.

Cons

None I can find

Summary

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.

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5 stars

"straight forward"

May 20, 2013  |  By rodgerw10

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

simple straight forward

Cons

just open it, but you don't know if it is working, but it is working

Summary

worked great, but i wish i would have seen somthing that ikill stopped the program, just for newbees, but it did its job to kill the progam, great program Ikill. thanks

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5 stars

"Was easy to use and worked quickly"

April 12, 2013  |  By Georzetta

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

No installation problems.

Cons

None that I can think of

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5 stars

"it works and safe"

January 30, 2013  |  By databaseben

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

it was quick and easy to run and didn't interfere with the running antivirus program.

it did find one thing that i would have never thought as being malicious. when it removed that service, my system seemed to be a little speedier afterwards.

Cons

no cons. well made and makes a registry backup too.

Summary

a good tool to add to your anti malware arsenal.

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1 stars

"I sure as heck won't run it again!"

January 04, 2013  |  By zupansic

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

None that I can see, unless you like Trojans and Adware.

Cons

Like I said, r-kill contains a Trojan and Adware.

Summary

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!??

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1 stars

"made a bad situation worse"

November 27, 2012  |  By PaulieBeans

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

it's own search found two files that it's installer tried to install as malware, so I guess it works a bit..

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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5 stars

"i tried everything to quiet down cpu usage this did it"

September 19, 2012  |  By 1indian

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

all it did was rename alot exe bat and com files and didnt find any virus or nothing but pc for some reason is a whole lot faster and quieter

Cons

this product doesnt con u

Summary

man this is the best thing ive found for making my pc run smoother and quieter

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1 stars

"Cant download !!!"

August 31, 2012  |  By bikerboy41

 |  Version: RKill build 4

Pros

Unable to download from external site.

Cons

Like many other programs on Cnet when trying to download, your directed to an external site but NO DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE. Over the years this problem with Cnet has got worse and worse.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.2
Version 2.8.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Bleeping Computer
Publisher web site http://bleepingcomputer.com/
Release Date August 27, 2015
Date Added August 27, 2015
Version 2.8.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.93MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 783,549
Downloads Last Week 863
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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