A name like "Ultra Virus Killer" might make you think this program will strip your PC of malware all on its own, but the truth is a little more complicated: the package is more about providing tools to help you manually find and remove unwanted programs, then repair any damage they might have caused.
And so you get modules to view running processes, and the DLLs and other files they're using. The program allows you to control Windows startup programs, services, drivers and more. An alternate streams manager looks for suspect NTFS streams; you get a program to help you delete files or folders, even if they're in use; and there are modules to clean and repair your PC, even protect your Registry from modification, so maybe helping you to avoid infection in the first place.
Much of this will sound very familiar, but the program offers far more than you'll expect. The "Process Manager" isn't some feeble take on Task Manager, for instance. It's specifically oriented to malware hunting, with tools to delete multiple processes at the same time, to verify a file signature, to pause and resume a process, to search for it on Google, run process-specific checks at VirusTotal/ ThreatExpert/ Runscanner, and more.
And there's the same level of power just about everywhere you look. The "System Repair" module, for example, has tools to reset your host file and DNS to their default state; reset your PC's group policies; reset your Registry and NTFS security settings; get Windows Update working again; install or update various key components (DirectX/ Java/ Flash/ .NET); clear all your temporary folders, re-register all Windows DLLs, and the list goes on.
There are also dangers here. Resetting Registry permissions, re-registering DLLs and so on might solve some very difficult problems, but should things go wrong then they could also seriously damage your PC. And UVK does have several components which may have adverse effects (the Immunize function may prevent some malware infections, but it can also interfere with legitimate installations). This isn't a program to use unless you know what you're doing, and always have a full system backup to hand.
If you're an experienced Windows user, though, UVK has a lot to offer, being absolutely packed with effective malware hunting, PC maintenance and repair options.
Version 18.104.22.168 brings:(Full Changelog)
All our executables are now signed using a certificate with a SHA-256 hash signature, as requested by the newest Microsoft code signing requirements.
Added VirusTotal information directly to the lists, in the Process Manager, Memory Modules Manager, Autorun Manager, Service Manager and Smart Uninstaller sections. Also added the option to remove all items with clean VirusTotal results from the lists (not available for the process manager).
Added a new maintenance action, in the System repair list: Clear the shell MuiCache. If the Shell's list of most recently used programs becomes too long, it may slow down the Windows file explorer. This new fix will clear that list for the current user.
Added a new maintenance action, in the System repair list: Clear empty appdata sub directories. Some programs leave orphan empty appdata sub-directories behind, which can accumulate over time. This fix will remove those folders.
Added a new post repair action, in the System repair list: Uninstall the application. This new option uninstalls UVK after running the selected fixes above, if any. You can combine any other fixes with this one, if you want to automatically uninstall UVK after running them.
SysInternals sigcheck.exe is now shipped with the application, as requested in the forum. it can be found in the cleanup_tool sub directory of the UVK's install folder. However, I'm yet to decide whether I will keep including this file. It doesn't make much sense to ship files not used by the application itself.
Added a new command to the Enable and run dropdown box of the IT/Geeks section: Sigcheck.exe /tv. This command uses sigcheck, from sysinternals to check for the existance of untrusted root certificates. If the tool finds any, you can take action to remove them.
Added two more options to the Toggle enable/disable dropdown box of the IT/Geek tools and tweaks section:
- Fast Startup (Windows 8+) : Enables or disables the Fast boot feature introduced in Windows 8.
- Windows Defender PUP detection : Enables or disables the Windows Defender PUP detection hidden feature.
Other bug fixes.