Monday, August 28, 2006

Sophos Free Rootkit Removal Tool

Sophos, a leading antivirus software provider, is offering a free Rootkit detection and removal tool. The software is capable of scanning your windows registry, running processes and the files in your hard drive for presence of rootkit. Once a rootkit is detected we can remove the suspected rootkit with is utility.
This free software can be downloaded from here .

What is a Rootkit??
A rootkit is a set of software tools intended to conceal running processes, files or system data, thereby helping an intruder to maintain access to a system whilst avoiding detection. Rootkits are known to exist for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Solaris and versions of Microsoft Windows. Rootkits often modify parts of the operating system or install themselves as drivers or kernel modules.

A rootkit is often used to hide utilities. These are often used to abuse a compromised system, include so-called “backdoors” to help the attacker subsequently access the system more easily. For example, the rootkit may hide an application that spawns a shell when the attacker connects to a particular network port on the system. Kernel rootkits may include similar functionality. A backdoor may also allow processes started by a non-privileged user to execute functions normally reserved for the superuser.

So go ahead and Scan your PC now!

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