Malware is a major issue on Windows systems, especially older versions of the OS. If you are lucky an infection will be non-intrusive and very easily detected and cleaned but often things do not run so smoothly. Too often users don’t bother to scan their PC’s or in some cases have no protection installed at all, and before too long the entire system is grinding to a halt or shutting the user out altogether.
If you have ever attempted to fix a system in this condition you will know how frustrating and negative an experience it can be with a clean install being the preferred fix on a great many cases. There are obviously a great many tools available to prevent and fix issues once they occur, but without the former it can a long drawn out process using the later on a system that is infected. Ubuntu Malware Removal Toolkit attempts to fix your Windows install after being booted as a linux live disk.
The distro lists the following features for system security :
- Detect and clean Windows malware directly from the LiveCD using the best free tools
- Easy to use even for Linux novice users
- Custom Nautilus scripts to make easier tasks like scanning or hashing multiple files or folders
- Find online informations surfing the web with Firefox directly from the LiveCD
- Windows network protocols support: Ubuntu MRT can browse Windows networks, resolve Windows hostnames, mount Windows shared folders and use RDP to remotely control Windows Servers
- Easily create an Ubuntu MRT Persistent LiveUSB directly from the LiveCD
- Browse and query the Windows registry files, detect NTFS timestamp artifacts and much more…
- Easily search online for multiple file hashes with a single mouse clic (Virustotal.com, Team Cymru MHR and others services)
- Analyze network traffic using preinstalled tools like ntop and BotHunter
While the Toolkit won’t cure all your malware ills on windows it is a handy tool to have just in case.
You can keep up to date with changes and download Ubuntu-MRT 1.2 directly from the projects Sourceforge page.