New Antivirus Tools: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team or CERT-In of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has a Bonet cleaning and malware analysis center, or "Cyber Swachhta Kendra", and as part of this it has announced a list of seven tools to prevent smartphone and computers against botnet attacks. These tools can be downloaded for free from CERT-In, and the team has developed them in collaboration with leading antivirus companies such as QuickHeal and eScan.
But what is a Botnet infection?
A botnet is a group of computers that cybercriminals control and use to spread malware and carry out other malicious attacks against targets, and when a person's computer becomes part of a botnet, this is known as a botnet infection. An individual's computer becomes infected with a botnet when cybercriminals infect it with a "bot code", either by sending an email to the user containing malicious attachments or links, or through fake social media posts, or even taking advantage of a security vulnerability in the target computer.
QuickHeal`s Bot Removal Tool
Supposed to be a bot removal tool for computers running Microsoft Windows, the QuickHeal removal tool is freely available for 32-bit and 64-bit systems, depending on the appropriate architecture of the particular computer.
eScan Antivirus for Microsoft PCs and Android
CERT-In collaborated with eScan Antivirus to develop two bot removal tools, one for Microsoft Windows computers and the other for Android phones. For computers, the company provides a bot removal tool and for Android phones, the company has created a suite of smartphone safety toolkits.
Other than that, there are a few other tools that CERT-In has provided.
USB Pratirodh is intended to be a desktop security solution that controls and uses removable storage devices such as external hard drives, pen drives, mobile phones, and other USB mass storage devices.
Meanwhile, AppSamvid is a desktop whitelisting solution for Windows OS. With the help of this tool, only a previously approved set of executable files can be executed.
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