Rootkits are a specific type of malware that has become increasingly popular in the past year and a half, but they have actually been around for a long time in the computer world. Rootkits are a type of specially crafted code that is embedded within another application or even in a system’s operating system. They spy on and capture information from the infected system.
Rootkits disguise their actions from within another program and hide in the system’s kernel in such a way that they appear as if they are invisible to most traditional antivirus solutions. This inability to identify the offending code leaves the system still compromised while the owner has a feeling as though they are protected and they continue to conduct their business as usual.
Grisoft, the makers of the popular free personal antivirus solution AVG, have seen the rise of rootkits over the past year or so and they have been feverishly working to create a solution now, when the public needs it most. Grisoft has spent six months trying to get their anti-rootkit application perfect and they say it will successfully find and remove rootkits, without hassling the user with false findings that are so prevalent in other such similar programs.
The program is simple to use too. Just download the application here. Once you have that completed, double click the .exe file and install it to the drive of your choice, just like with any other application. After the install, you will be prompted to reboot your system. When your system has started back up, the AVG anti-rootkit application will be in your programs list (Start, All Programs, AVG Anti-Rootkit) where it can be launched. From the main interface, simply select either “Search for rootkits” or “Perform an in depth scan.” Then, just watch the progress bar.
At the end of the scan, AVG Anti-Rootkit will display the results and offer more options as necessary. It’s that easy to check your system for rootkits. The rootkit remover has an update feature and it should be a very welcome edition to any user’s security and cleaning arsenal!
Here are some of the features of AVG’s rootkit remover, along with the system requirements:
- Powerful cleaning due to advanced cleaning driver.
- Easy to use interface.
- Fast and efficient detection (even for NTFS-ADS objects).
- Special interface for visually impaired people.
Minimum System Requirements
- MS Windows 2000 (32-bit) or MS Windows XP (32-Bit).
- AVG Anti-Rootkit is available in English only.
Until next week, stay safe out there!
~ Chad Stelnicki