BHODemon Halts Helpers

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-07-19 Print this article Print

Definitive Solutions' free utility BHODemon 2.0 ably detects hostile Trojans and other malicious programs hiding on systems.

Definitive Solutions BHODemon, a free utility that makes it possible to discover and remove Internet Explorer BHOs (Browser Helper Objects), got a lot of attention recently, after a Trojan was discovered that could steal information from online banking customers by secretly installing itself as an IE BHO. Several leading security organizations even recommended using BHODemon.

BHODemon 2.0, which was released this month, ably detects hostile Trojans and other malicious programs hiding on systems. BHODemon 2.0 also detects all BHOs in IE. This enabled me to figure out which BHOs I wanted to keep and which I didnt even know I had.

Many adware and spyware programs install as BHOs, and BHODemon let me deactivate them and still run the original programs. I also could deactivate a useful BHO temporarily if necessary.

For insights on security coverage around the Web, check out Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog. BHODemon 2.0 is simple to install and run, and the program provides an impressive amount of information on the BHOs it discovers. I also like that BHODemon will alert users anytime a site or application attempts to load a BHO.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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