Monthly Archives: April 2011

BootZilla v5.5 Preview Release

I’ve decided to finally update the files on the server to reflect that of my latest builds. The project will be updated a bit more frequently in the coming months, as version 5.5 has taken far too long to come out. The following new features are in this release:

  • Easily create BootCD’s using SARDU
  • More anti-rootkit tools included
  • Server-side automation for the latest versions of updatable components (Combofix, Malwarebytes rules, etc.)
  • Latest version of 7-zip and the LZMA2 format is used on all archives
  • Updated Autorun app with larger screen space
  • Slighly re-tooled to better suit the primary purpose of helping remove virus infections

This release has spent quite some time in development, but for good reason - it finally has a universal boot cd creating utility, which means no more “Checksum is invalid” errors when trying to build a boot cd. Not only that, but you can easily create a bootable USB drive with all the tools included in BootZilla, and whatever other tools you choose from SARDU’s list of useable utilities. (And there are a LOT of them).

This will be considered a preview release, as there may be bugs. I do not have enough time to check every single bit of the compilation out at this time, but would like to get as much feedback and error reports as possible, to help build on this release towards 5.6.

Download Links:

BootZilla v5.5 Builder: BootZilla v5.5 Preview Release (3954) (~4MB, Zipped)

How To Use:

Extract this ZIP file to a directory on your computer (If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7, the best place is under your user name, in a directory called BZ). Once the archive is fully extracted, double-click on BZUpdate, and follow the menu prompts. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may have to right-click on BZUpdate, and select “Run As Administrator”. Make sure you are online, or the builder will fail to build BootZilla. If you have any issues running BZUpdate, please comment on the Downloads page.

About BootZilla

BootZilla is a set of utilities to aid in removing and cleaning up virus and spyware infections. It is geared to be very portable, and offers a boot function for hardware diagnostics, while providing a set of useful utilities to help I.T. professionals in doing their jobs.

It has seen constant updates and revisions over the past 6 years. Version 5.5 is the latest release, which builds upon the reliability and portability that BootZilla’s users have come to know and love.

The following tools are included:

Installable Apps
7-Zip v9.20 Free archive utility. 7-zip is the primary compression format that BootZilla uses.

Microsoft Installer Cleanup Tool Free Utility to repair broken MSI installations

uTorrent Extremely Small BitTorrent client.

Victoria for Windows Free hard drive testing utility. Can report SMART data, and remap failing sectors. Highly recommended.

TeamViewer Free Remote Access software

MyDefrag v4.3.1 Free Defragmentation application, with custom scripting support

Anti-Malware Tools
AIMFix (2000/XP/2003, Vista/7 w/Run as Administrator) Simple Instant-Messenger virus removal tool. Detects several different variants of viruses and rootkits. Highly Recommended.

AVZ4 Anti-Viral toolkit from the Kaspersky Labs. Utilizes the Kaspersky antivirus and antirootkit engine

Combofix (2000/XP Only) Free utility that detects several different variants of malware, viruses, and rootkits. Highly recommended.

Microsoft Security Essentials (32-bit XP/Vista/7)
Microsoft Security Essentials (64-bit Vista/7)
Free Antivirus suite from Microsoft, for all current editions of Microsoft Windows. Has a very small footprint, and a great price (FREE)! Recommended.

HijackThis 2.0.2 Free utility designed to allow reading of hidden startup programs, and Browser Helper Objects. A well-known tool, highly recommended.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Freeware/Shareware designed to detect and remove most malware infections. Highly recommended. Supports Windows 2000 thru 7.

Spybot Search & Destroy SFX Don’t want to install Spybot? Run this fully updated SFX.

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2 Installer Installer for the latest Spybot Search & Destroy!

Universal Virus Sniffer (RUS/EN) Advanced utility intended to identify and collect infected files. Also offers the ability to load a system registry remotely, to analyze and remove serious virus and rootkit infections. Recommended for technician use ONLY. OTE: On Windows XP, it only seems to use the Russian language files. On Vista and 7+, the program loads the English language files properly. The cause of this is unknown.

Runnable Utilities
Antivirus Removal Tools
McAfee Product Removal Tool Official McAfee Removal tool designed to remove all McAfee security products.

Norton Removal Tool Official Norton-branded product removal tool. Recommended.

ATF-Cleaner Utility designed to quickly remove temporary files from a system.

CCleaner SFX Portable version of CCleaner application. Designed to remove temporary junk files. Also offers a decent registry cleaner.

CPU-Z Utility for detecting CPU types and clock speeds. Also detects most modern graphics acceleraters, and memory speeds.

CPU-Z (64-bit) Native 64-bit version of CPU-Z Utility. Detects CPU’s, Graphics cards, and memory speeds.

Dial-a-Fix Utility that offers several repair functions for Windows-internals. Can detect and remove local policies, as well as several other tools. Highly Recommended.

ERUNT Emergency Registry Backup Utility. Recommended. For 2000/XP only.

EZPCFix Free utility designed to read and write remote registries off of hard drives. Can also be used to recover corrupted registry keys. Recommended.

FSOptimizer SFX Free disk defragment utility based on JKDefrag. Optimizes boot files to promote a faster boot time. Highly Recommended.

LSPFix Free utility designed to allow access to the Layered Service Providers in the registry. Can detect improper settings and remove them.

MyDefrag SFX Free Defragment Utility with easy to use GUI, and multiple defragment methods.

Nirsoft tools - Various utilities provided by Nir Sofer, no longer included but linked here to the main site.

PC-Decrapifier Free utility designed to detect and remove junk-ware pre-installed on Dell and other OEMs Systems. Highly Recommended. Technicians must purchase a license.

Recuva Free utility for recovery of deleted files from hard drives.

System Information Viewer Utility designed to quickly and efficiently display all information about a system.

System Information Viewer (64-bit) Utility designed to quickly and efficiently display all information about a system.

Speccy Free app that grabs a quick snapshot of the local running computer’s specs.

StartUpLite Free utility that detects and prompts the user about several unneeded startup programs. Can either disable, delete, or ignore the choices it auto-selects as unneeded. Highly recommended.

TestDisk/PhotoRec v6.12 Free tools designed to recover partitions and files from broken hard drives.

UnknownDevices Utility designed to detect and report hardware that is missing drivers. Provides an easier way to search the internet for a proper driver.

Unstoppable Copier Free utility designed to copy files from failing media (hard drives, network drives, and optical media only)

WinsockFix Utility designed to perform one function - restore the Windows TCP/IP stack to its default settings.