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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:30 PM

When the staff says "a nasty rootkit" I know its bad but I also notice that other forums have One or more of the identified infections is a backdoor trojan. I just wanna know whats the difference if any.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:38 PM

Hello CalusBlade.

A backdoor is an infection that spefically opens your computer to attacks.

A rootkit is an infection that hides itself. It requires very high level access to hide things, thus it has total control over your computer. The infection itself may or may not be a backdoor, but it has to potential to be since it has high level access.

Hope that clears things up.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 07:47 AM

What is a Backdoor Trojan?
What is a Botnet?
What is an IRCBot

What Is A Rootkit? - To learn more about these types of infections, you can refer to:The Difference Between a Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse and Blended Threats
What is the difference between viruses, worms, and Trojans?
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 07:50 PM

Nice post quietman7. That one should be added to the library list on the sophomore library. I didn't have time to read them all right now but I bookmarked it for tomorrow.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:26 AM

You're welcome.

Here are a few more if you need them:

What is Malware?
What is Spyware?

What is a Virus?What is a Worm?
What is an Infostealer?

What are Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPS)? - McAfee White Paper: Potentially Unwanted Programs
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:06 PM

LOL i haven't finished the first ones, but it doesn't matter. They are all here now in the same place and it's still bookmarked. Let's see how much i can learn before my mind vapor locks tonight.

Isn't there a way I can save this in my profile? When I look at others profiles they have threads saved. Hmmmm....... let me look into this.

Oh, and thanks for the extra links. Some of them are over my head, but it's weird how a piece of info you read but didn't fully understand will drop into place when you learn more. And you never know when it will happen........

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:11 AM

Hi CalusBlade,

when something I tell you isn't clear for you, feel free to follow up and ask for more explanations. This isn't supposed to be a monologue from my side and I'd be happy to elaborate on points that are of interest to you.

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