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#1 polarpimp

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:56 PM

does malwarebytes detect rootkits

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:13 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is not a dedicated rootkit scanner, and while it can detect and remove many rootkits there is always the possibility that it will miss something (as with all security products from all vendors).

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 11:18 AM

When compared to other security tools like Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware, the advantage of MBAM is that it uses a proprietary low level driver similar to some anti-rootkit (ARK) scanners to locate hidden files and special techniques which enable it to detect a wide spectrum of threats including active rootkits. IMO it has proven more effective than many of the stand-alone ARK tools which are available.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 04:00 PM

I would suggest running Pc Tools Threatfire along with Malwarebytes. It has a rootkit scanner built in and its also great to have running on your system.
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:54 PM

Yes, MBAM can detect some rootkits. Some rootkits may require manual removal/hijackthis in addition though. If you are ok with computers, then it wont be that bad. It is very easy to learn how to use hijack this.

Another scanner that i find works very well for rootkits is Dr. Web cureit. I have had two seperate rootkit/backdoor infections that dr web was able to get rid of easily.

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:18 AM

It is very easy to learn how to use hijack this.

HijackThis is an advanced enumerator (similar in some respects to a registry editor) that is used to display certain areas of the Windows registry where the majority of malware reside. HijackThis will scan these areas of your system and then create a log to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in known hiding places. Most of the log entries are required to run a computer and removing essential ones can potentially cause serious damage such as loss of Internet connectivity or problems with your operating system which could preventing it from starting. Using HijackThis requires advanced knowledge about the Windows Operating System and relies on trained experts to interpret the log entries and investigate them in order to determine what needs to be fixed.

And just because you "fixed" something with HJT, that does not mean you have a clean system. There are specific files and folders which must be deleted afterwards. HJT does NOT delete them. Futher, removing entries in HJT before the problem is properly identified can make the malware undetectable to other detection and removal tools. Full system scanning tools like SUPERAntispywre, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Spybot S&D and SpySweeper will remove the registry entries as well as the related files which results in a more complete removal process. HJT this should only be used to clean up the entries left behind, after you have properly removed the malware.

Since HijackThis is a powerful tool that requires advanced knowledge about the Operating System and can cause system damage if incorrect instructions are given, only designated trained experts are allowed to help people with using HijackThis. If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers or training in the use of this tool, you should NOT fix anything using HijackThis without consulting a expert as to what to fix.
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