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What is a Rootkit?


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#1 newpat

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:20 PM

Hello all you experts!

I keep reading about 'rootkits'! Tried to find out WHAT they are but no one answers the question directly, just get directed to pages with stuff I don't understand and previous threats!! Not much help to me, I'm afraid.
Being an older computer user, I find the details VERY confusing. So, what is a rootkit? and how do I know if I have any of these. Also, does anybody know if my Norton 360 includes an anti-rootkit 'bit'?
Looked at some reviews on anti-rootkits, but they all are older by years, nothing up-to-date!!

I installed Spybot S & D last night, and when I turned on my computer today, it was slow and I could not get Internet Explorer to open. I deleted Spybot and now I am 'surfing', so was something wrong with it??

Hopefully some of my 'new friends' (all you lovely Bleepers) can answer some of these questions where the 'experts' have failed. Even my trusty Computeractive failed me!!

Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:29 PM

The basic answer is... A rootkit is a "program" that attacks the "root" of Vista or XP. It attacks the very core (system) files (The guts of the operating system) :thumbsup: . It doesn't usually infect your personal files like some viruses will, but it does invite other malware to infect your computer as a part of its methods. Norton's does help, but one program will usually not protect you completely. It is mainly a combination of programs and being sure Windows and other programs are updated.

Spybot is a fair program. It has a component called Teatimmer that helps protect you by notifying you of certain changes. That added protection may slow you down some, but it should slow down a lot.

I hope this helps :flowers:

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:56 PM

Hi
Thanks for the reply. At last an answer I understood.

As I have said, I uninstalled Spybot to see if that was why I lost my Internet, which is now ok! Do you think I should re-install this, Spybot, I mean?

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:05 PM

Many people use Spybot. Personally I do not. One of my first mentors swore by SpywareBlaster. It is also free. Take a look at it. http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

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