In this post, we will see how to detect and find out if your Windows computer is Bot infested and remove Botnet infection with these Botnet Removal Tools and Software, available as free downloads, from Microsoft and other well-known security companies.
We have already seen what are Botnets. Botnets are networks of compromised computers, controlled by remote attackers in order to perform such illicit tasks as sending spam or attacking other computers. So you need first to detect if your computer is a part of some Botnet.
The methods for detecting bots include Static Analysis by checking a computer’s characteristics against a list of known threats, and Behavioral Analysis by monitoring communications in a network for behaviors that are known to be exhibited by botnets. You can read more on this at Microsoft.
Botnet Removal Tools
If you think your Windows 10/8/7 system may be infested with Bots and be a part of a Botnet, here are a few Botnet removal tools that may be able to help you.
Malicious Software Removal Tool
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool removes specific, prevalent malicious software families, including select Bots, from computers running compatible versions of Windows. Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month, as needed to respond to security incidents. The version of the tool delivered by Windows Update runs in the background and then reports if an infection is found. But you can also download and use it whenever you feel the need.
Phrozensoft Mirage Anti-Bot
Phrozensoft Mirage Anti-Bot has a list of such malicious websites. If your computer requests any such BOT-spreading malicious website, Phrozensoft Mirage Anti-Bot won’t let the computer process such request by blocking those sites and also the sites that you put in the restricted sites list.
Trend Micro RUBotted
RUBotted from Trend Micro includes strong known Botnets and detection of unknown versions of bot clients and better cleaning capabilities for infected machines. It is compatible with other antivirus products and allows for seamless integration. You need to have a working Internet connection as it will use HouseCall to remove the botnet client if any is found.
Norton Power Eraser
Norton Power Eraser removes deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning may not always detect.
BotHunter is a network based Botnet Diagnostic Tool for Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS that helps correlate the two-way communication between vulnerable computers and hackers. This tool appears to have been taken down.
BotFrei from Avira is another free Bot remover that will detect and remove Bot infection from your system.
DE-Cleaner powered by Kaspersky is also called as Kaspersky Anti-Botnet. You can download it from Chip.de. But mind you, the interface is in the German language.
Bot Revolt works deep inside the networking code on your computer and inspects everything that flows past it. It continuously monitors all inbound communication to your computer. The software scans automatically every .002 seconds looking for any suspicious or unauthorized communication, in order to prevent cyber attacks from hackers or bot attacks to your computer.
Quick Heal BOT Removal Tool
Quick Heal BOT Removal Tool helps you detect and remove Botnet infections from your Windows computer. It is a portable software, and thus you can run it on your system from an external drive. Simply download it from its official download page and run the tool. You may want to alos check out NoBot.