April 20, 2007
From the Free Computer Consultant
RootKit Threat - Free Tools to Clean PC
RootKit Threats sure have been making the news recently. How many people are actually infected I have no idea, but I presume that where there's smoke there's fire.
Our friends at AVG have come up with a F-Ree utility to help combat the threat. Now, do understand that this utility has been confirmed to NOT identify all threats. Since this is NOT uncommon with this type of utility it's in no way a criticism to tell you that.
If you feel that rootkits are something you want more complete protection from, you might check out antirootkit.com for more tools - some of which are freeware.
Now, for those of you who have read all of my Computer Security web pages, you might be wondering if BOClean, the antitrojan, hunts for root kits. It does, but I would guess that it's not 100% either. The folks at BOClean have been on top of this threat long before anyone else knew of it - perhaps before it even picked up the name "root" kit.
You can find the AVG utility at this webpage.
Side Note: You may have noticed that the FCC Site Blog is a registry of content update for the site; not my daily observations.
I have a new Wordpress blog, named Daily Insights, that is my commentary based on what I was doing on that day. Check it out, I hope you find benefit there.
Hope this information is of use to you, that's it for this week.
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