Rootkit Removal Tips
There is a never-ending list of harmful programs online that seek to negatively affect your system and steal your personal information. Rootkits are one of the main ways such programs are able to function as successfully as they do.
What is a Rootkit?
Rootkits are not malware. Rather, they are the programs that help hide the malware. Rootkits were originally used for non-malicious activities but have more recently been used by hackers for malicious purposes.
A rootkit is the best way for a hacker to corrupt someone’s computer system without detection. Rootkits hide various utilities and provide a virtual back door to the perpetrating hacker. This allows the hacker high-level access to the very “root” of the computer system’s information. That means the most private information is vulnerable.
What can a rootkit do?
With the ability to remain undetected, rootkits allow a variety of destructive programs to run on a computer unknown to the owner. For instance, many rootkits hide the presence of a keylogger. Keyloggers are a nasty type of spyware that record every keystroke you make. Every password, credit card number, and e-mail is surveiled, recorded, and sent back to the hacker. This is one of the easiest ways for a hacker to steal your identity.
Rootkits also hide programs that alter your computer system. This can mean changing log files, harming other computers in the same network, and changing the very system setting that would normally detect the presence of malware. Rootkits can disguise programs that literally hijack your computer. Sometimes such programs can eventually slow the computer down so substantially that it becomes virtually useless. Since the rootkit hides the malicious program, a computer user in this situation will oftentimes assume their computer is old and needs to be replaced. Many computers are disposed of for this reason, when all they really need is a good cleaning to wipe out all of the existing rootkits and malware.
Detecting a Rootkit
As you may imagine, scanning for rootkits is no easy task. Remaining undetected is a rootkit’s main job, so many antispyware programs won’t catch rootkits and thus won’t catch the malware it veils. Fortunately there are a few quality antispyware programs like ZookaWare PC Cleaner, Spy Sweeper, Counter Spy and Spyware Doctor that will detect and remove rootkits.
As a result of the highly effective antispyware programs, hackers are constantly altering rootkits in attempts to remain undetected by this software. A quality program will offer daily automatic updates to combat the changing habits of the hackers and their new rootkits. These updates are the key to preventing any new rootkits from invading your computer.
An antispyware program that is worth your money will also provide customer service that is knowledgeable of the ins and outs of rootkits and spyware. Access to computer-smart customer service representatives is well worth the money you pay for the software. No one wants a generalized computer recording when calling about important computer issues, especially when it concerns matters such as identity theft.
By installing high-quality antispyware software, you are committing to an insurance policy for your computer and all of the important information that goes on it. It is important not to overlook this important security measure.
Run a free scan of ZookaWare PC Cleaner to find out if you have rootkits on your pc.