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    Good list of free security software

    Probably the Best Free Security List in the World
    This outstanding list has been compiled by one of our senior security editors, Antti Koponen. The products are listed with the best free products first (non-free products are always at the bottom of each category), as judged by Antti. Antti's current choices for real-time protection on his XP desktop and Vista laptop have been marked with ►. Other noteworthy products used by Antti have been marked with ♦, and Antti's favourite malware detection/removal tools with ⇒.

    Realtime protection (on-access)

    Anti-virus:
    Avira AntiVir
    Avast!
    AVG Anti-Virus Free
    PcTools Free
    Rising
    Panda cloudantivirus
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Twister (not free, lifelong licence)

    Anti-malware:
    DriveSentry
    Spyware Doctor Starter Edition (Google pack)
    Spyware terminator
    Rising PC doctor
    IObit 360
    Windows Defender
    SpyCatcher Express

    Security suite (anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall):
    McAfee Internet Security Suite (AOL)
    Comodo


    Scanners (on-demand)

    AV-Scanners:
    Kaspersky AVP Tool
    Norton Security Scan (Google pack)
    Bitdefender free
    a-squared
    Hitman Pro (quick)
    ClamWin
    Arcabit microscan
    MWAV (no removal)
    Sophos Threat Detection Test (no removal)

    Anti-malware scanners:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Superantispyware
    Ad-Aware
    Spybot S&D
    The Cleaner
    Systweak Advanced System Protector
    Prevx (quick, no removal)
    Spy Sweeper (no removal)
    Spyware Doctor (no removal)
    CA antispyware (no removal)

    Portable antivirus/antimalware: (can be used eg. with a Windows boot cd)
    a2 portable
    DrWeb cureit
    VIPRE Rescue
    Norman malware cleaner
    Trendmicro Sysclean
    ClamWin portable

    Multi-AV scanners:
    Multi-AV Scanning Tool (Read all comments before trying!)
    Multi-AV scan

    AV definition files:
    Avira

    AV Rescue CD:
    F-Secure
    Avira
    Kaspersky
    BitDefender
    DrWeb
    more

    Rootkit-detection:
    F-secure blacklight
    Gmer
    AVZ, AVZ database
    Rootrepeal
    Unhackme (fully functional evaluation version)
    Gmer: mbr-rootkit
    Rootkitty
    Sanity check
    Radix
    more programs here, here and here

    Heuristic Malware scanner:
    Mandiant

    Memory scanner:
    Threatexpert memoryscanner


    Tools for virus removal

    Tools for most common viruses:
    F-secure easyclean
    McAfee Stinger
    Avast virus cleaner
    MS Malicious Software Removal Tool
    Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
    Combofix

    Removal tools for specific viruses:
    BitDefender
    Kaspersky
    F-Secure
    Symantec
    Panda Software

    Malware removal:
    Subratam
    Atribune
    Malware Removal


    Online-scanners

    File scanning with several scanners:
    Virustotal
    Jotti
    Virscan
    Novirusthanks (also link scanning)
    Filterbit
    Viruschief

    Online-scanners:
    F-Secure
    BitDefender
    BitDefender qscan (quick)
    Eset
    Panda Software (quick)
    CA
    OneCare
    Trendmicro
    VirusChaser
    Comodo
    a-squared
    Kaspersky (no removal)
    Symantec (no removal)
    Mcafee (no removal)

    Online sandbox:
    Threatexpert
    Sunbelt Sandbox
    CIMA
    Anubis
    Norman Sandbox
    Joebox


    Firewalls

    Limited versions of commercial firewalls:
    Agnitum Outpost
    Online Armor
    Zonealarm
    Sunbelt Kerio

    Versatile Firewalls:
    PCTools
    Comodo
    Privatefirewall
    Jetico
    Webroot
    NetVeda Safety.Net
    Filseclab

    Simple firewalls (inbound only):
    Ghostwall

    Gateways:
    Untangle


    HIPS

    Behaviour blocker:
    ThreatFire

    Classical strong HIPS:
    Real time defender
    EqSecure 3.41, (Alcyon ruleset)
    Dynamic Security Agent
    Netchina S3 HIPS (Download here.)
    System Safety Monitor
    Winpooch
    Malware Defender (not free, lifelong licence)

    Classical lightweight HIPS:
    Winpatrol
    System shields
    Arovax Shield

    Anti-keylogger:
    Snoopfree
    Zemana (not free)

    Registry protection:
    MJ Registry Watcher

    Anti-executable:
    Process Guard
    Trust-no-exe

    Drive firewall:
    SensiveGuard
    CoreForce

    File/Folder Monitoring Software:
    Tiny Watcher
    SilentNight Inspector
    FileChecker
    FileMap by BB

    Anti Dialer:
    A-Squared Anti Dialer
    Dialer shields


    System hardening-HIPS

    System & Program Files Protection:
    System Protect

    Drive-by-download blocker:
    Haute secure (IE)
    F-Secure Exploit Shield (IE, Firefox)

    Memory firewall:
    Comodo memory firewall

    Address space randomization:
    WehnTrust

    USB-firewall:
    Net Studio USB FireWall


    System hardening

    Hardening tools:
    Invincible Windows
    Harden-It
    Secure-It
    SafeXP
    XPantispy
    Security & Privacy Complete
    Seconfig XP
    Samurai
    Windows Worms Doors Cleaner

    USB-autorun cleaning
    Flash disinfector

    USB-autorun disabling
    Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine

    Script protection:
    Script Defender
    ScripTrap
    No Script (Firefox)

    SRP (Software Restriction Policy):
    instructions 1
    instructions 2
    PGS - Pretty Good Security

    Adding user rights:
    Sudo for windows
    suDown

    Limiting user rights:
    Windows Steadystate
    SuRun

    Determining user rights:
    Privbar

    Running program with dropped rights:
    DropMyRights.net
    PsExec
    StripMyRights
    1-defender


    Sandboxing/virtualization

    Sandboxing (for browsers/IM/etc):
    Sandboxie
    GeSWall
    Defencewall (very cheap)
    AppGuard (not free)

    System virtualization:
    Returnil
    Powershadow 2.6 (Key)
    Shadow Defender (not free, lifelong licence)

    Rollback software:
    Rollback Rx (not free)
    Firstdefence-ISR (not free)
    Eaz-fix (not free)

    Desktop virtualization:
    Mojopac
    Icore

    Virtual players:
    VmWare player, VmWare converter, EasyVMX converter
    moka5 live PC + Fearless Browser

    Virtualization software:
    VMWare
    VirtualBox
    VirtualPC
    VMToolkit

    Portable OS:
    Ubuntu linux


    Vulnerability scanning

    Windows-system security analyzing:
    MS Baseline Security Analyzer
    Nessus
    Belarc Advisor
    Protector Plus

    Windows-system security analyzing (OS+installed programs):
    Secunia
    F-secure health check

    Installed programs:
    several here

    Searching for drivers:
    several here


    Browser security

    Anti-phishing/malware browser plugins:
    WOT
    McAfee Siteadvisor
    PcTools Browserdefender
    Netcraft toolbar
    Bitdefender anti-phishing
    Sitehound
    Web Security Guard
    RGguard
    TrendProtect
    Comodo Verification Engine

    Real-time link scanning:
    AVG Linkscanner
    Finjan SecureBrowsing

    Manual link scanning:
    LinkScanner
    Dr.Web plug-in

    Anti-phishing Firefox plugins:
    IDND
    ShowIP

    Ad blocking:
    Adblock Plus (Firefox) Finland 1, Finland 2, Easylist
    TACO
    Ad Muncher (not free)

    Pop-up blockers:
    PanicWare Pop-Up Stopper
    EMS Free Surfer


    IP-blocking/hardening

    Blacklists for Explorer:
    Spyware Blaster

    Proxy+blacklist:
    SquidGuard

    Host File management:
    Hostsman
    HostsXpert
    B.I.S.S. Host Manager

    Host files (blocking malware and advertisements):
    hostsfile.mine.nu - Hosts File Project - Download
    http://www.hosts-file.net/
    Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

    Caching/filtering and blocking pseudo-DNS server:
    DNSKong

    Internal proxies:
    Proxomitron + JD list
    IdnWebShield

    External proxies:
    Freecap
    Socscap

    Better DNS:
    OpenDNS
    Comodo DNS

    IP-blocking:
    Peer Guardian 2

    Parental control:
    Kidzui
    K9 Web Protection


    Spam filters

    SpamAssassin
    SpamCop
    Spamihilator
    SPAMfighter
    Comodo Antispam
    Mailwasher
    Spam Manager


    Privacy

    Free VPN connection:
    Hotspot shield
    UltraVPN
    Aloneweb
    Loki

    Free online proxy:
    Ninjacloak
    Zend2
    Proxybrowsing
    Proxify

    Anonymous browsers:
    XeroBank
    OperaTor

    Anonymous browsing tools:
    Foxyproxy
    Tor
    JAP

    Detection of web bugs:
    Ghostery (Firefox)

    Control referrers:
    Refcontrol (Firefox)

    Secure HTTPS server:
    Perspectives (Firefox)

    Cookie-control:
    Cookie monster
    CookieSafe (Firefox)
    CS lite (Firefox)
    Cookie culler (Firefox)
    Foxyproxy

    LSO killing:
    BetterPrivacy (Firefox)

    Key scrambling:
    KeyScrambler Personal

    Virtual keyboard:
    Trendmicro Transaction Guard (Java, with spyware protection)
    Neo's safekeys

    Password management:
    Lastpass
    Passwordmaker
    Password Safe
    RoboForm
    RoboForm2Go (portable)
    Keepass
    Any password
    Secure login (Firefox)

    Protection against search data profiling:
    Trackmenot (Firefox)

    E-mail encryption:
    PGPFreeware
    Comodo SecureEmail

    VPN sofware:
    Logmein Hamachi
    Comodo EasyVPN


    Checking your own ip:
    Show My IP
    IP Adress

    Browsing without a trace:
    Portable Firefox
    Browzar


    System monitoring

    System monitoring and diagnostic:
    PC Wizard
    System info for Windows (SIW)
    What's Running
    Change Analysis Diagnostic tool (Microsoft)
    Eset SysInspector
    EVEREST Home Edition
    Anvir task manager
    Rsit (new files etc)

    Process/startup/etc scanners:
    ProcessExplorer
    Autoruns
    Silent runners
    Run Scanner
    Process Hacker

    Autorun/startup/etc scanners with analyzing help:
    HijackThis (analyzing help here, and here)
    a2 HiJackFree ( analyzing help here)
    Kaspersky GSI
    Security Task Manager
    Runalyzer
    Dart Bit

    Realtime process monitoring:
    Process monitor

    Searching files and processes:
    File Research Center - Find out what's really running on your PC! (+ process scanning)
    ProcessLibrary.com - The online resource for process information!
    FileAdvisor | The Best Search Engine for Identifying Software Files - Bit9

    Checksum calculation:
    Md5summer
    Hashcalc
    Hashtab


    Network traffic monitoring

    Port checking:
    ActivePorts
    TcpView
    CurrPorts+IPNetInfo

    Botnet diagnosis:
    Trendmicro RUBotted

    Network traffic monitoring:
    Netmeter
    F-secure web trail

    Network traffic analyzing:
    Wireshark
    NetworkMiner
    Nmap
    Cain & Abel
    IpSniffer
    Microsoft Network Monitor
    Analyzer

    NIDS
    Snort


    System cleaning

    Versatile cleanup tool:
    RegRun Reanimator

    Process killing:
    ProcX (+many anti-rootkit software)

    File shredders:
    Eraser
    UltraShredder
    File Shredder

    File killing:
    KillBox
    Brute force uninstaller (guide)
    Unlocker
    FileASSASSIN
    Avenger (Only for EXPERTS!!)

    Killing registry entries:
    RegASSASSIN

    Device&driver analyzing:
    ServiWin
    Pserv.cpl

    Registry editing:
    Registrar lite
    Regalyzer
    RegSearch

    System cleaning:
    CCleaner
    Advanced System Care
    Easy Cleaner
    RegSeeker
    Tweaknow RegCleaner
    ATF-Cleaner
    CleanUP!
    PureRa

    Collection of tools:
    Mztweak

    Alternate data streams:
    ADSSpy
    Assasin G13
    Lads

    Uninstallers:
    Revo uninstaller
    Zsoft uninstaller
    Add/Remove Pro
    Install Rite
    EMB uninstaller

    MRU-list deleting:
    MRU-Blaster

    Removing unwanted parts of preinstalled Windows/software:
    PC Decrapifier
    Office 2007 remover
    AV removal (many tools)
    AV removal 2 (many tools)


    Data rescue

    File rescuing from Usb-drive/hard disk:
    PC Inspector File Recovery
    Avira UnErase

    File rescuing from memory cards:
    PC Inspector smart recovery

    Rescuing files from corrupted hard disk:
    Unstoppable Copier

    Unstoppable copying:
    TeraCopy

    Rescuing files from broken CD/DVD:
    IsoBuster
    IsoPuzzle
    ICDcheck

    Write error resistant DVD:s:
    dvdisaster


    Encrypting

    Versatile tool for encrypting:
    FREE CompuSec

    Hiding files:
    My Lockbox

    Encrypting files:
    AxCrypt
    Cryptainer LE
    Kruptos 2

    Encrypting with virtual drives:
    freeOTFE
    TrueCrypt

    Encrypting for usb-drive:
    Cryptainer LE
    USB flash security


    Backup

    Data Backup:
    Fbackup
    Syncback
    Comodo Backup
    Karen’s Replicator
    Cobian backup
    XXCopy

    Portable backup:
    Toucan
    FileHamster

    Online-disk:
    Mozy
    Adrive

    Registry backup:
    Erunt

    Programs for mbr backupping and restoring:
    Many programs here

    Creating images from hard disks on-line:
    Paragon Express
    Macrium Reflect Free
    DriveImageXML
    Drive Snapshot
    SelfImage
    Comodo backup
    Shadow Protect (not free)

    Backupping hard disk with Live-Cd:
    GParted+Clonezilla
    G4U
    PC INSPECTOR™ clone maxx
    Partition Logic

    Hard disk cloning:
    HDClone free (CD)

    Hard disk cleaning:
    Darik's Boot & Nuke
    Active Kill Disk
    PC INSPECTOR™ e-maxx
    Disk wipe

    Backup drivers:
    Drivermax


    System rescue

    Boot-CD:
    UBCD4win
    BootDisk
    UBCD

    Rescuing and troubleshooting:
    Memtest86+
    Sisoft
    SystemResqueCD
    Shockfamily Knoppix

    Recover a hanging system:
    Antifreeze

    Repairing of broken internet connection:
    Winsockxpfix
    Winsockfix
    Lspfix
    Autodebug for Winsock

    Fixing settings:
    Dial-aFix
    Sreng
    Computer Repair utility kit


    Miscellaneous

    Guides:
    disabling autorun
    Fixing MBR with Boot-CD
    Fixing MBR
    Configuring XP firewall
    Restore Corrupted Folder Options and Advanced Settings

    Automatic analyzing of EULA:
    Eulalyzer
    Spywareguide

    Security program lists:
    Spywarewarrior
    Alken
    firewallguide

    Guides for malware removal:
    MajorGeeks

    Best security forums:
    Wilders Security

    Updates from Microsoft:
    Shavlik Patch Google® Gadget
    Ryan VM's pack

    AV-laboratories:
    support@emsisoft.com
    newvirus@kaspersky.com
    virus@avira.com
    report@prevxresearch.com
    https://analysis.f-secure.com/


    Tests

    Eicar test virus:
    Eicar AntiVirus test file

    Test spyware (for experts):
    Spycar
    Scoundrel Simulator

    System shutdown test (for experts):
    ZeroDay testi

    Keylogger-test:
    Zemana

    HIPS-tests (for experts):
    Comodo

    Tests for PC:
    Test my PC

    Firewall/port tester:
    GRC
    AuditmyPC

    Other security tests:
    PC Flank
    GFI (email)

    Browser tests:
    Web Check (security)
    Popup Check (popups)
    Browser security (java)

    Test sites:
    Av Comparatives
    Matousec
    Anti-Virus performance
    Virus Info
    Anti Malware Test
    Shadow Server
    Kareldjag
    PCSL - PC Security Labs
    Remove-malware
    MTC


    Vista-security

    UAC-control
    TweakUAC

    Better UAC
    Smart UAC
    Norton UAC Tool

    Vista Firewall control
    Vista firewall control

    Repairing of broken internet connection:
    ICR

    Miscellaneous:
    disabling autorun
    turning DEP on
    Vista firewall guide

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    CCleaner

    This did wonders for my online browsing speed.

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    Reverse Internet

    ReverseInternet.com provides you a service through which you can find other websites hosted on the same IP or that share same Google Analytics ID, Adsense ID or DNS. You get information about domains like .com, .net, .org, .info and also other country specific domains. The site has information about 73,000,000+ domain names. The service is completely free to use.

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    Which AV program do you guys recommend? I use AVG, I found it works good enough but if there's a better one out there that'd be great to know.

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    The two that have help me out the most are Malwarebytes and MS security essentials. I had some nasty malware and virus thanks to them that nothing could get rid of other than these two programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by largepkg View Post
    The two that have help me out the most are Malwarebytes and MS security essentials. I had some nasty malware and virus thanks to them that nothing could get rid of other than these two programs.
    Teach ya for downloading that child porn.

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    I dropped AVG for Microsoft Essentials...seems to be working just fine.

    Nice list, Min0.

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