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free malware removerDo you use Malwarebytes Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Read More as much as I do? I use it 4 or 5 times a day on average. I use it to clean machines that have become infected. The antivirus software on the machines in question have either been compromised or they are not up to date.

The only disadvantage of Malwarebytes is that it takes a long time to run a full scan. I have started using NoVirusThanks before running Malwarebytes and it is pretty quick and catches a lot of infections.

Let’s take a look at it. You start by downloading the free malware remover from here. It is 1.2MB and downloads pretty quickly.


It requires Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5. Please install it before the installation if you do not already have it. You can grab the .Net Framework from here if you need it. After the quick installation you will need to launch the application from your start menu.

The authors describe the free malware remover as follows:

NoVirusThanks Malware Remover is an application designed to detect and remove specific malware, trojans, worms and other malicious threats that can damage your computer. It includes also the ability to remove rogue software, spyware and adware. Scanning time is very fast and does not use or need much memory even with other high-resource programs are running.

Next you will see this screen:

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We see a standard antivirus-like scanning interface. Before we start the scan we will take a look at how to configure and update the application. Click on the settings tab near the top left of the window. That will take you to the settings page where you will see the following:

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In the general tab we have three options. The first one that reduces the applications memory usage will indeed use less resources but your scan will take longer.  This is better on slower (older) machines. Work in background will minimize the application to a system tray icon and the final option I feel is a must after installation. Auto update database before scan will automatically download the newest update before it starts scanning. This is a no-brainer.

The next tab is the scan tab which contains options about your scan. The scan type I would leave on quick scan unless you will be leaving the machine for a long period of time. The full scan takes much longer to run but is much more intensive. The limits of scanning files less than 5MB and only scanning well known file extensions will speed up your scan but they can be unchecked when your scan is run.

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At the bottom of the settings we have four options. The only one that is not selected by default is to use their Paranoid scan. This will scan EVERYTHING and takes a very long time. Again if you will be leaving the machine for 12+ hours to return the next day then it can’t hurt. If you want a quick scan then do not check this option.

The report option only has one tab which is enabled by default to save the report when the scan is finished. The backup tab allows for two options. They are to backup files before deleting them and to alert the user if a backup fails. These options are checked by default and should be left alone.

Under the last settings tab entitled delete there are two options that are disabled by default. Use aggressive deletion. This will kill files even if they are in use or somehow protected. This is a good option to use when infected files were not able to be removed after the first scan. The second option is to create a system restore point before deleting files. This option I check before running the application.

If you did not check the check box to automatically update the database before scanning you will need to go to the update tab and manually update the definitions like so:

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If you need to change your interface’s language you can do so via the language tab.

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Now we are ready to run our scan. Click back over to the scan tab and press the scan button show below:

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The status of the scan will update at the bottom of the interface. If you have the update database before scan option selected it will do that first:

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And then it will start scanning. As it finds suspicious files it will list them in the grid:

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When it is complete hopefully you are all clean like I was but if not simply hit the remove button to start the removal procedure. My scan on a 200GB SATA drive took about 27 minutes. Not too shabby! I have tested it on some heavily infected machines and it really did its job.

What do you think of NoVirusThanks? Do you have another free malware remover that you use? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Blueshell
    June 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this free malware remover. Will try it.

  2. Karl L. Gechlik
    June 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Wow Im surprised, it was quick and effective for me. I will post my scenarios when I can.

  3. Jonathans_78
    June 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Well...considering that I work in a company, I have to know which software I am allowed to install, according to the license agreement. The vast majority of the anti-malware products are not supposed to be installed in commercial environments...only Spyware Terminator seems to accept this condition, while Malwarebytes Anti-malware, Spybot S&D, A-Squared and most others, don't.

  4. name
    June 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

    makeuseof

  5. Ek
    June 11, 2010 at 4:47 am

    1) Run CCleaner before running MBAM or any other tool to reduce scan times, especially when these scanners hit the temp internet files folder(s)

    2) MBAM is optimized for running the quick scan, and the developer(s) claim that it catches 98+% of what a full scan will uncover

    3) When comparing NVT to MBAM you should post the samples used and scan logs instead of just saying "it really did its job"

  6. Ek
    June 11, 2010 at 2:47 am

    1) Run CCleaner before running MBAM or any other tool to reduce scan times, especially when these scanners hit the temp internet files folder(s)

    2) MBAM is optimized for running the quick scan, and the developer(s) claim that it catches 98+% of what a full scan will uncover

    3) When comparing NVT to MBAM you should post the samples used and scan logs instead of just saying "it really did its job"

  7. xlerate
    June 11, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Fast you say?
    I did a benchmark at home with the following results both Malwarebytes vs NoVirusThanks in Quick scan modes:

    Malwarebytes scanned 139,433 objects in 12:45.
    NoVirusThanks scanned 14,044 in 27:06.

    Did you guys even test this?

  8. Anonymous
    June 11, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Fast you say?
    I did a benchmark at home with the following results both Malwarebytes vs NoVirusThanks in Quick scan modes:

    Malwarebytes scanned 139,433 objects in 12:45.
    NoVirusThanks scanned 14,044 in 27:06.

    Did you guys even test this?

  9. Info
    June 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Britec tested this software and made a video of it in action, I was not that impressed.
    here is the link for the video on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVp4F9Zd5A

    Thanks

    Brian

    http://www.briteccomputers.co.uk

  10. Info
    June 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Britec tested this software and made a video of it in action, I was not that impressed.
    here is the link for the video on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Thanks

    Brian

    http://www.briteccomputers.co....

  11. rif
    June 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    We tested this malware remover and it is really underwhelming compared to malwarebytes. Malwarebytes has a solid track record so to overthrow it for something else you have to come up with something better than this. You can reduce your malwarebytes scanning time by clearing your browser cache. We found that this malware remover is either similar or slower in speed than malwarebytes.

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