It used to be tracking down malicious programs was a simple matter of firing up Task Manager, looking for any unusual processes and cleaning them out manually. These days, viruses and Trojans are not only more sophisticated, but creative in hiding their presence. CrowdInspect is one tool that can make it easier to identifying nefarious apps, using a variety of scanning APIs.
As Martin Brinkmann explains over on gHacks, CrowdInspect is not an all-in-one program — if you want to remove troublesome applications or potential malware properly, you’ll need to grab options such as HijackThis, Spybot or similar. However, if you want a tool that employs a number of services to scan and rank potential threats, CrowdInspect delivers.
Along with VirusTotal, processes are checked against the Web of Trust and the malware hash database provided by Team Cymru Research. The results are then presented in an easy-to-understand listview, with green, yellow and red circles representing various — perceived — danger levels.