The Top 7 Ways You can Detect Malware in Your System

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Monday, April 19, 2010

malware Cybercriminals are making every effort to inject Malware in your system so that it is going to be difficult to detect. Many computers are loaded with this stuff but the users have no idea its there or how to get rid of it. It is very crucial to know what is running in your computer. This article highlights some of the useful anti malware utilities that can detect, remove and block malware from your system.

  • Microsoft Process Explorer: Process Explorer shows you information about what processes are running on your system. It also describes each process. When your PC is running okay, you can run Process Explorer to save a baseline. If anything goes wrong in your PC, you can see the differences between the list of processes beforehand and afterward. That may give you some clue about possible Malware attack.
  • Kaspersky’s GetSystemInfo: GetSystemInfo is a free system program that gives you useful information about your system in order to troubleshoot technical issues. It can be used to detect incompatible software, detect possible malware on your computer. It creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan. Users can also upload and analyze the report log file on the GSI Parser website as mentioned in the above link.
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer: You can improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfiguration and missing security updates on your computer systems. It helps small and medium size companies figure out their security state according to Microsoft security recommendations and get some security guidance at the same time.
  • GMER: This is an application that detects and removes rootkits. Gmer is a hidden services, hidden registry, hidden file scanner and also it contains other features. It is very useful software and has a very nice user interface that makes it very easy for non technical people to use.
  • Microsoft Software Removal Tool:  This is an on-demand anti-virus tool that scans the computer for specific malwares and removes the infection. And it doesn’t scan your hard drive to find any malware like antiVirus software. On the contrary, it scans your system’s memory for any evidence of currently running malware found on a list that Microsoft maintains and updates regularly. Microsoft releases a new version of MSRT on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-malware: This is a computer application that finds and removes Malware. MBAM is available in both a free and a paid edition. The free edition must be run manually, while the paid version can automatically run scheduled scans. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.
  • SUPERAntispyware: This is a software program that can remove spyware,malware, adware, trojan and rootkits. It actually can help remove some of the nastiest malware that has been released including the variety of Zlob trojan infections, Vundo infections, and others. You can scan your hard drive, check for updates to the program, find out what’s in quarantine, and check the dates of your last scan and update. With the paid version you can also schedule your scanning and have realtime protection against spyware infections.

Joseph A'Deo
April 19, 2010: 4:15 pm

Malware is definitely a serious threat — at VeriSign we see it as this year’s “phishing” due to the ubiquity and the number of putative solutions on the market — and these are a handful of good products to defend one’s website against it. If you have an ecommerce site without encryption (a third party shopping cart, etc) you might also consider a VeriSign Trust Seal, which includes daily malware scanning and notification to webmasters with any suspicious code, along with the authenticated security mark. These days it’s essential to have the best protection one can manage, otherwise you could wind up on a blacklist without even realizing it.

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