RKill

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.8.0
  • Total Downloads:
    736,756
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.85MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,359
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #12 in Anti-Spyware

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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.8.0
Version 2.6.8.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Bleeping Computer
Publisher web site http://bleepingcomputer.com/
Release Date November 03, 2014
Date Added November 03, 2014
Version 2.6.8.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.85MB
File Name rkill.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 736,756
Downloads Last Week 2,359
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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