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Old 09-10-10, 00:50
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Default Re: TDSSkiller - How to run

  • Please download TDSSKiller to your desktop.
  • See the download links under this icon:
  • Save tdsskiller.zip to your desktop.
  • Then extract TDSSKiller.exe onto your desktop.
  • Double-click TDSSKiller.exe to open the program. ( If using Vista or Windows 7 do not double click on it but rather, right click and select Run As Administrartor. )
  • The Open File - Security Warning window should appear.



  • Press the Run button and TDSSKiller should open.
  • Some rootkits will prevent TDSSKiller from opening.
    • If this is the case for you, skip TDSSKiller for now and continue with the rest of the steps of the Malware Removal Guide.
  • Here is what TDSSKiller looks like upon successful launch.



  • Click the Start scan button.
  • Be patient as TDSSKiller scans your system for rootkit activity.
  • Depending on whether TDSSKiller found anything or not, you will most likely see one of the following types of screens below when the scan is finished.

    Example #1: No threats found



    Example #2: Threats detected



  • VERY IMPORTANT: In the event that threats are detected, allow TDSSKiller to perform the default action by simply pressing the Continue button.
  • Do NOT change the default action on your own unless instructed by a malware helper! Doing so may render your computer unbootable.
  • If threats were detected, TDSSKiller will require a reboot in order to attempt to clean the system.



  • Press the Reboot computer button.
  • With more difficult versions of this rootkit, you may see a black background (ie., no desktop ) with only the below windows showing. Simply press the Run button and TDSSKiller should open itself again and your desktop should reappear.



  • Now go to the root of your C: drive and find the TDSSKiller log(s).
  • They are named like this: TDSSKiller.2.8.6.0_14.08.2012_23.08.46_log.txt
  • Keep this text file handy in case you are still experiencing problems and need to create your own thread in our Malware Removal forum.
  • If you are still having trouble, remember to attach this text file once you are finished with the remaining procedures. (See: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post )
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