Malwarebytes unveils computer virus killing 16GB USB stick

Malwarebytes has developed a USB stick to help IT workers fix malware-infected computers, even if they are completely locked up.

Dubbed Techbench, the offering takes the form of a 16GB USB that can be plugged into an infected computer and left to automatically scan and remove Trojans, spyware, worms and other kinds of malicious software.

According to the organisation, it is "designed to be a plug-in-and-leave' [technology] for technicians looking to address the growing volume of tenacious malware which is resistant to traditional anti-virus and hard to remove".

Hopefully, it will make the lives of computer technicians that little bit better

The USB stick also contains a copy of Malwarebytes Chameleon, which is designed to neutralise modern malware's automatic countermeasures, and automatically quarantines all malicious software on the USB to prevent re-infection.

Furthermore, once the scan and repair has been completed, the USB stick uploads a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware onto the newly cleaned device if required.

The product is the direct brainchild of Malwarebytes' founder and CEO Marcin Kleczynski.

"Techbench is made by technicians, for technicians. As an IT support worker, there is nothing more frustrating than dealing with an endless line of computers infected with stubborn malware, each needing a different type of fix," he said.

"Techbench will address this problem by providing something which can simply be plugged in and automatically remove the problem. Hopefully, it will make the lives of computer technicians that little bit better," Kleczynski added.

The product is available immediately for an initial price of $399.95 (246.38) per year, although this will rise by $100 (61) in the future.

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