Anti-Malware Toolkit Downloads Security And Cleanup Tools

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 14, 2008
Updated • Dec 18, 2012

After reading the original heading over at Download Squad I thought that the Anti-Malware Toolkit was a software to scan the system for installed security and cleanup tools and update them if necessary. That is apparently not the case. The tool provides downloads for various popular security and cleanup tools of which the latest version will be downloaded to the local computer.

The software programs are divided into four different categories named applications, definitions, recommended and utilities which all contain several programs and checkboxes in front of them. There is also a quick link to four software packages which activate several of the listed applications.

The good thing about this downloader is that it contains several of the most popular applications like Unlocker, Autoruns, Firefox, Comodo Firewall, JavaRa and CCleaner and that it will automatically check if those versions are compatible with the operating system before they get downloaded and installed.

The not so good thing is that it does not check if the application is already installed on the system in the latest version. There are also no descriptions of the applications available in the program itself. That's pretty rough for inexperienced users.

I guess its great for a new system to download several of the recommended applications at once but nothing that could not be done with a web browser or download manager either. Good idea but needs the system scan option in my opinion.

Update: When you load the latest version of the program you will see several new options in the interface.

The program displays three tabs at the top with the main tab being displayed on start. Here you find a packages listing that filters applications by operating system so that only compatible programs are displayed in the sidebar. The program listing is still divided into the four categories listed above but there is a fifth  category now that includes antivirus uninstallers. Here you find uninstallers for AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky or McAfee.

When you select a program its details are listed on the right side. Here you find the company name, description and version, as well as the download button and directory. Note that all programs selected on the left will be downloaded when you hit that download button, so make sure you have only selected the programs you actually want to download before you click on that button.

A couple of settings are available that help you use the program. You can sort the downloads into categories if you want, or have the program open the download folder automatically once all downloads finish.



. Programs that are now listed include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


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  1. Rarst said on August 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    This could fit on single html page… List of apps and links.

    It seems latest trend is making very niche software. You look at it and think “Who shall even use that?”. But net became big enough that someone actually will.

  2. Tarun said on August 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for the writeup Martin!

    I will be addressing the issues you mentioned. I have planned on adding a method to detect if any of the programs listed are installed on the users computer and let them know if it is in need of an update.

    I’ve had three people suggest adding descriptions and with this article I’ll bump up the priority for adding them.

    One reason for the creation of this program was to make it much easier for users to get what they need without having to search the web for it. This program used to be a batch file that downloaded programs and added them into a zip for users to clean their computers. This is designed to make it even easier for them by removing the need to track down the latest versions of programs and if they used my previous Anti-Malware packages (zipped collection of anti-malware programs) this allows them to choose only what they need, in case they already have some programs installed.

    Thanks for the writeup and feedback!


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