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13 March 2009, 15:14

Tools to remove Conficker

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A number of antivirus software vendors, including Symantec, F-Secure and BitDefender, are now offering a dedicated tool to remove the Conficker worm. The programs do not require installation of any anti-virus solution. Since the programs are small they can also be run from a USB drive on an infected system. McAfee does not offer a dedicated tool, however, their Avert Stinger stand-alone utility can detect some versions of the Conficker worm.

Unfortunately not all of the anti-virus manufacturers confirm and detail which versions of the Conficker worm their program removes, nor do they guarantee that it will be completely eliminated. Generally, if users are not able to restore from a backup of their system, or perform a complete system restore, these tools should work to remove the Conficker worm and help close any back doors that may have been left open by it. In principle, an infected machine is compromised and users can never be completely sure that the infection was eliminated.

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