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Originally Added to Website:  14 Sep 2009
Last updated:  16 Apr 2014
removed Kaspersky, Panda, TrendMicro, and Avast online scanners from the list
Rest of list still dates from 2012

TDSS Killer
Power Tools listing below...
Bootable Rescue CD's listing below...

Free Online Independent Malware Scans

Try a couple of these free, online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection (most require that you use Internet Explorer):
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully
Having difficulty with running the scans using IE9? - some scans are being updated by the manufacturer

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/ - thanks to Tehsplink!  added 17 Feb 09
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/ - thanks to Tehsplink!  added 17 Feb 09
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp


If you find that you're infected (or the scan doesn't complete or closes unexpectedly), post in the malware/security forum
If you're not infected, post back in the original location and we'll try some more stuff.


TDSS Killer:  http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363
Be very, very careful with this.  The TDSS rootkit infects the partition table - so even a full format won't remove it.  When using a tool like TDSS Killer a very real possibility exists that the system may not be able to boot afterwards.  If unsure, ask for additional advice about using this tool.  FYI - I am not a malware removal expert, so I don't presume to be able to offer malware removal advice.  I'm experienced enough that I can offer advice for recovering from a damaged partition table that won't let your system boot.


Power Tools:
BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL!!!  These tools can hose (damage) your system if used too aggressively!!! 
Set a System Restore Point before using!!!
- Norton Power Eraser (requires internet access to operate):  http://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx?
- Microsoft Safety Scanner (haven't used this myself):  http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

- Comodo Cleaning Essentials (has "KillSwitch" - a Process Explorer w/whitelist for processes):  http://www.comodo.com/business-security/network-protection/cleaning_essentials.php

Rescue CD's:

BitDefender Rescue CD:  http://download.bitdefender.com/rescue_cd/
Avira AntiVir Rescue System:  http://www.avira.com/en/support-download-avira-antivir-rescue-system
F-Secure Rescue CD 3.00:  http://www.f-secure.com/en_EMEA-Labs/security-threats/tools/rescue-cd
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10:  http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208282173
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper BETAhttp://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
AVG Rescue CD:  http://www.avg.com/us-en/avg-rescue-cd
Panda Rescue CD:  http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/downloads/docs/product/help/is/2010/en/241.htm
Panda SafeCD:  http://research.pandasecurity.com/panda-safecd-4-4-3-0/
GData BootCD: https://www.gdatasoftware.com/support/main-subjects/upgrade-service/download.html
Dr.Web LiveCD:  ftp://ftp.drweb.com/pub/drweb/livecd/
TrendMicro Rescue CD:  http://www.trendsecure.com/Info/Rescue_Disk/html/download.html
PCTools Alternate Operating System Scanner:  http://www.pctools.com/aoss/details/
Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick (A Squared):  http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/stick/

Trinity Rescue Kit (contains: ClamAV, AVG, F-Prot, BitDefender):  http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12
Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disc Utility (Shardu)(contains: Avira AntiVir Rescue System, BitDefender Antivirus Rescue CD, Dr. Web Live DC, F-Secure Antivirus Rescue, GData Rescue CD, Kaspersky KAV RescueCD, Panda Safe CD):  http://www.sarducd.it/downloads.html

List of 13 rescue disks:  http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/12/11/13-antivirus-rescue-cds-software-compared-in-search-for-the-best-rescue-disk/
Contains reviews of these 14 products from 04Dec2008:
    Avira Rescue System v3.4.4
    BitDefender Rescue CD v2
    Dr.Web LiveCD v4.44
    F-Secure Rescue CD v3
    Kaspersky Rescue CD v8.8.1.18
    * Norton Recovery Tool (requires Norton product key)
    * VBA Rescue v3.12
    Panda Safe CD
    * PC Tools Alternate Operating System Scan
    * Quick Heal Native Boot Scan
    ? avast! BART CD v2.0
    * Rising AntiVirus Software for Linux
    G DATA AntiVirus BootCD
    * AVG Rescue CD (shareware w/subscription)

* = not included in my listings above
? = uncertain if included in my listings above