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Rootkit Detection Tool

I’ve included a download link (below) for a free tool that will check your hard drive for infestation. RedOrbit tells us more about the rootkit security problem:

“The tool, called a rootkit, is a system for hiding the contents and workings of nefarious software within Windows. It can even go so far as to destroy Windows if an effort is made to remove the software in question. The best-known rootkit is Hacker Defender, and when it appeared a couple of years ago, spyware experts were aghast to learn it was used to spread viruses.”

If your computer is still misbehaving even after using antivirus and antispyware software, running a Rootkit Detector is worth a shot. You can grab yourself a free copy at System Internals. It will give you a list of files, directories and registry entries that are hiding from the operating system. Normally, you’ll look these names up on the Internet to see if tools have been designed to remove them. Absent a tool for a specific infestation, you may need to back up your data, reformat your drive and reinstall all your software.

I’ve already run Rootkit Revealer and came up clean. But then again I haven’t installed anything recently. I also use F-Secure internet security suite which includes Blacklight that automatically stops rootkits from infecting my hard drive.

It’s also been reported that Microsoft’s AntiSpyware will remove the rootkit bug. Is your computer protected?

Written November 14th, 2005 by | 1 Comment | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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  1. Thanks for the link Bloke.

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