It is estimated that millions of computer system around the world are being used to attack other systems. These Botnets as they are called, are usually not detected by the average user. To this end, TrenMicro has a RUBotted program that you can use to determine if you are part of the problem or not. On their site it states:
Malicious software called Bots can secretly take control of computers and make them participate in networks called “Botnets.” These networks can harness massive computing power and Internet bandwidth to relay spam, attack web servers, infect more computers, and perform other illicit activities.
Security experts believe that millions of computers have already joined Botnets without the knowledge of their owners. By using remotely-controlled computers, the criminals in charge of the Botnets try to remain anonymous and elude authorities seeking to prosecute them.
RUBotted monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer.
The download is only 4.9MB. I took RUBotted for a spin and in a matter of seconds it confirmed my system wasn’t one of the systems infected. RUBotted is another of those useful tools to add to your toolbox. Oh yes, it’s free. Since it is from Trend Micro you can also trust the product.
RUbotted can be found here.
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