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  1. About the Toolkit

    • These are tools I use for a variety of situations. They are provided as is without any warranty or promises that they will resolve your issues. I did not author the tools. All are available on the web. I will check at intervals for updates for those you can download directly. I will also check periodically to insure any links associated with the tools still function.

      If you find any problems with any of the tools or the links to the sites on this page, please use the contact form to help us keep the site current. Or just email me at info@EndiGrow.com.

      I plan to add to this section regularly.

      Share and enjoy!

  2. Malware Removal

    • Overview

      Malicious software is getting more sophisticated. It generally takes several passes from diverse tools to do the trick. Here are some of the tools I use to remove the majority of infections. There may be times when it is more cost effective to reload the operating system. A good backup and recovery system is very helpful, sometimes critical, for success.

      "There are two common methods that an anti-virus software application uses to detect viruses.

      The first, and by far the most common method of virus detection is using a list of virus signature definitions.

      This works by examining the content of the computer's memory (its RAM, and boot sectors) and the files stored on fixed or removable drives (hard drives, floppy drives), and comparing those files against a database of known virus "signatures".

      The disadvantage of this detection method is that users are only protected from viruses that pre-date their last virus definition update.

      The second method is to use a heuristic algorithm to find viruses based on common behaviors. This method has the ability to detect novel viruses that anti-virus security firms have yet to create a signature for. "From Wikipedia

      Therefore, it is important to update the virus signature database for each product to get the maximum recovery.

      There also are tools to remove specific viruses. If the tools described above will not remove the virus, look for a virus specific tool. There are websites with lists of these virus specific tools. I call them Tool Libraries.

      Removal Instructions

      1) Maybe your lucky: Try to restore the System to an earlier state using System Restore. This is a feature of all Microsoft Operating Systems since Windows Me released on September 14, 2000.

      Go to:
      Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->System Restore

      Restore to a point a day or so prior to when you noticed the infection. Repeat the Restore several times for earlier dates if the first attempt does not remove the infection. Go to the next steps if this does not heal the system.

      2) Still infected?: Start your system in "Safe Mode".

      Avoid starting in "Safe Mode with Networking" as some malware can take advantage of the connection to re-infect.

      Be prepared to use another computer and a flash drive to transfer programs and data to and from the infected computer.

      3) Turn off System Restore. Some malware can take advantage of System Restore's features to re-infect. Remember to turn it back on when the system is cleaned.

      3) Backup your critical data: My Documents, Outlook PST files, Machine specific drivers, Quickbooks, TurboTax, TaxCut and other financial data. A Full Backup is best but it also saves the viruses and takes more time and space. At the minimum copy the stuff off the system that exists nowhere else on the planet. Then focus on the stuff that would be difficult to replace in descending order of difficulty.

      For XP I use NTBackup. This is found at:
      Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Backup

      XP Home Edition does not automatically install NTBackup.
      Download NTBackup from Microsoft if you do not find it in "System Tools".

      Here are Backup instructions for: XP, Vista, Windows 7.

      5) Clean the Malware off the system: Use the tools shown below.

      6) Turn System Restore Back on: This will automatically create a beginning Restore Point for later use if needed.

      7) Fully Backup the Cleaned System.

      8) Implement a regular Backup, Scanning and Cleaning Schedule.

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  3. Malware Removal Tools

    • MalwareBytes

      Summary: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a computer application that finds and removes malware.

      Made by Malwarebytes Corporation, it was released in January 2008. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which provides scheduled scans, real-time protection and a flash memory scanner.


      Download the package if it is not installed. Use another computer and a flash drive to transfer the files to the infected computer.

      Download these Instructions.

      Run Malwarebytes, then Spybot, then your Anti-virus program.
      Then like shampoo, "lather, rinse, repeat" until the tests all run clean.

      If one or more cannot be removed by this general approach, use the Tool Libraries to find specific removal instructions.


      Summary: Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications.

      Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.

      If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

      Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging.

      Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.


      Download the package if it is not already installed.

      Click here to read the Spybot Tutorial.

      Run Spybot, then Malwarebytes, then your Anti-virus program.
      Then like shampoo, "lather, rinse, repeat" until the tests all run clean.

      If one or more cannot be removed by this general approach, use the Tool Libraries to find specific removal instructions.


      Summary: "HijackThis is a utility that produces a listing of certain settings found in your computer. HijackThis will scan your registry and various other files for entries that are similar to what a Spyware or Hijacker program would leave behind.

      Interpreting these results can be tricky as there are many legitimate programs that are installed in your operating system in a similar manner that Hijackers get installed.

      Therefore you must use extreme caution when having HijackThis fix any problems.

      I can not stress how important it is to follow the above warning."

      (quoted from the Tutorial below)


      Download the program. HijackThis does not install on your system. Save it to your flash drive or on your desktop. Then simply run it. BE CAREFUL. It shows the good guys and the bad guys.

      Click here to read the Tutorial. Note: This tells you how to read the HijackThis report with suggestions on what to do with each type of entry.

      Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

      Summary: "The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software-including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom-and helps remove any infection found. "
      (quoted from the Microsoft link below)


      Download the Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool.

      Click here for instructions. Note: This tells you how to download, install and use the tool. You may already have this tool on your system.

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  4. Tool Libraries

    • Sometimes the standard removal tools do not work. Fortunately there is a large community of good people contributing solutions for free. Malwarebytes and Spybot can generally tell you what each virus is called.

      Knowing the name is the key. Then I search trusted sites on the web for tips, tricks and instructions.

      I plan to add to this list as time permits. If you know of a Tool Library you find helpful, let me know and I will consider adding it to the list

      Malwarebytes Forum

      Summary: Each entry has a standard format complete with screen shots of any windows the malware may generate.

      Instructions: No special instructions.

      Norton Symantec Removal Tools

      Summary: Strong set of tools on a well organized page.

      Instructions No special instructions.

      Kaspersky Lab Virus-fighting utilities

      Summary: Fourteen or so utilities from a well respected source.

      Instructions: No special instructions.

      McAfee Virus Removal Tools

      Summary: While not a complete library it does contain some tools to handle what McAfee cannot.

      Instructions: Also try the Virus Information Menu available from this page.


      Summary: No direct experience using Sophos, but it looks safe and has good detail.

      Instructions: No special instructions.

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