The Grey Chronicles

2008.June.30

Freeware for Secured Computer



There are freewares available to secure a computer, the following are recommended:

ClamWinClamWin, issued under a GNU General Public License, is a graphical front-end to the ClamAV anti-virus software that runs on Microsoft Windows. Features include: Scheduler – set up scans to run at a defined time. Automatic virus database updates via the Internet, Automatic notifications of new ClamWin releases, Standalone virus scanner, Scanning of programs that are loaded in memory, Context menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer – right click on a file to scan it, Microsoft Outlook add-in to scan incoming and outgoing e-mails. ClamWin Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner, that is, it is necessary to manually scan files in order to detect a virus. The Microsoft Outlook add-in, however, will delete a virus-infected attachment automatically, without any intervention from the user.[14] Without the on-access real-time scanner, it gives a user option to deploy one other proprietary [commercial] antivirus software: McAfee, Grisoft AVG, Norton, Symantec, etc. The newest release is ClamWin 0.91.2 0.93.1, a 6.32MB 21.432 installer without the 10.5MB 14.845MB main and 1.260MB daily virus databases protecting against 287,326 332028 viruses.

Spybot - Search and Destroy
Spybot – Search & Destroy[15] by Safer Networking Ltd. detects and removes spyware of different kinds from your computer. If there are new toolbars in the user’s Internet browser that one did not intentionally install, if the browser crashes, or the browser start page has changed without one’s knowledge, it most probably hosts some spyware. Spybot – S&D comes under the Dedication Public License, and runs on Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP (32 and 64 bit), 2003, Vista. Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks. Spybot – S&D offers multiple tools for computer system monitoring, such as Resident Tea Timer, which perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated and immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them; tools to list installed ActiveX, BHOs, Browser Pages, Hosts file, current running processes, programs at Windows startup, registered uninstallers, and network drivers (Winsock LSP). It allows fixing some registry inconsistencies through a bundled system internals tool which searches missing help files and shared DLLs; non-existent application paths; wrong uninstall information and broken desktop links. The current version 15.1.15 15.2, a 7.12MB 9.495MB installer plus a 1.83MB 2.585MB included files, offers protection against 70,036 malware from Trojans to PUPs. The freeware SpyBot – S&D tackles what other stand-alone proprietary registry checkers, such as CCleaner, RegMechanic, PC Tools, etc. cannot do.

SpywareBlaster
SpywareBlaster[16], published by Javacool Software in 2002, pioneered the effective use of prevention techniques to reduce or greatly eliminate spyware-related problems, as well as problems related to other potentially unwanted software such as dialers, browser hijackers, and adware. The current release of SpywareBlaster, version 3.5.1.0 4.1 is a 2.44MB 2.803MB installer, which also provides unique utilities like the exclusive “System Snapshot”, and various useful tools such as Restricted Sites Protection, Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox Protection. Current SpywareBlaster offer protection against 8543 installed ActiveX dialers, cookies, adbots, hijackers, and potential unwanted sites, e.g., CoolWebSearch or XXXToolBar.

Ad-Aware
Ad-Aware, issued by Lavasoft AB and designed for Windows 98, 98SE, Win ME, Win NT 4, Win 2000, and Win XP Home/Professional running at least P166hz, can comprehensively scan memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, parasites, scumware, selected keyloggers, selected traditional Trojans, dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. The SE v. 1.06r1 installer is a 6.41MB file plus the current 1.58MB definitions files, detecting 153,120 signatures.

HijackThis, issued by Soeperman Enterprises Ltd., now presently bundled as TrendMicro’s beta version 2.0.0.0 2.02, a 1.24MB 793KB utility, is the first general browser hijacker detector and remover. It scans the PC and generates a log file of the registry and file settings commonly manipulated by malware and legitimate software.


Notes:

[14] Phillips, Russel, (2007), Clamwin Manual & Help © 2004 – 2007.

[15] Safer Networking Ltd. (2007), Spybot – Search & Destroy Help file.

[16] Javacool Software LLC (2005), SpywareBlaster Help file.

This blog is based on another paper: A Secured Network Using Freeware: A Proposal. Although the latter is applied to a corporate network, the ideas could also be applied to home computers or stand-alone computers.

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