Computer Infection Education series IV

9 Apr 2010 by Jeanette, No Comments »

Rootkits

“A rootkit is a software program or coordinated set of programs designed to gain control over a computer system or network of computing systems without being detected.”

  Rootkits are the scourge of all computer technicians and their customers.

This is the means by which your infection keeps coming back even after full scans and manual infection removal. This program can hide files so well that even windows won’t know they exist!

If the rootkit is so new that antivirus companies are unaware of them, it is possible the infection can only be removed by way of full system format. As stated above, they can be so elaborate that even after you do all the scans in the world, hidden files will not only slip through, but they will re-infect your system.

If you think you have a rootkit, I personally recommend that you call a technician as soon as possible if all other scans have failed. We have a very high success rate with these nasty infections, and the sooner you call the easier it is to avoid extreme measures.

Brad Button

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