Friday, November 11, 2011

Free Stuxnet Malware Removal Toolkits And Software

Stuxnet and Duqu Malware have shown the vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructures. Critical infrastructure protection in India is also required to be analysed from the point of view of these sophisticated Malware. In fact, we must urgently formulate a critical ICT infrastructure protection policy of India.

While the destruction of an Indian broadcasting satellite by Stuxnet Malware is still a mystery yet India is investigating Duqu Malware that had a command and control server in India. Meanwhile, open source Duqu Malware removal toolkits and software have also been released by the open source community.

Undoubtedly, Stuxnet is the most sophisticated Malware that has come to notice so far. There are few good tools and software that can be used to deal with Stuxnet Malware. They can be used for a specific purpose or for checking the entire computer system.

These tools and software are providing curative protection against Stuxnet Malware in the following forms:

(1) Computer: The Stuxnet Removal Tool can be used to scan an entire computer for Stuxnet Malware.

(2) USB: The Stuxnet Remover for USB can be used for analysing a USB for Stuxnet infection.

(3) LNK Shortcut: Stuxnet also utilises the shortcut vulnerabilities of various versions of Windows operating systems. Microsoft has released Microsoft Fix it tools to fix this vulnerability. For Microsoft Fix it to disable .LNK and .PIF file functionality you can use this tool. If you want to disable workaround offered by Fix it than use this tool. You need to restart your computer after using this workaround to take affect on your computer. Another good tool is the Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection tool to block Stuxnet rootkit from exploiting LNK Shortcut vulnerability in all versions of Windows.

It is worth while to give these tools and software a try.


  1. Can I please have a copy of each so I can validate whether the removal tools are effective and not just snake oil or - even worse - another form of malware ?

  2. Thanks Foggy for pointing a valid concern. The article itself carries various links to the tools/software that have been taken from the parent sites themselves. So the chances of their being themselves malware are slight. In fact, we have tested these tools ourselves, though not in a detailed manner. You can analyse these tools/software in detail and come up with your opinion. Do let us know about your valuable inputs.