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Can rootkit do anything while my computer is off?


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#1 wharrrrrgarbl

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:57 AM

I'm currently on holiday, trying to enjoy myself, but at the same time I'm having to worry about losing all my work because of this rootkit I have at the moment.

Anyway, what I'd like to know is this; Can the rootkit do anything at all while my computer's off? If I leave my computer off for the entire trip, will it be exactly the same when I come back on? I'm hoping a few days with the computer off will persuade whoevers installed the rootkit to leave me alone, but I doubt it.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:18 AM

While the PC nothing can be done to it, and yes it will be the same as you left it.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

While the PC nothing can be done to it, and yes it will be the same as you left it.



Excellent.

Also, is it likely that whoever is using this rootkit has them running on loads of computers? Or do these people usually target one computer at a time? I'm just asking because I'm wondering how worried I should be about my personal files. Is it likely they've looked through all of it?

Also can they see my recent activity on my computer, or do they basically only have control of my browser/email? I'm really hoping nobody has been through my files with banking info in, and also some other personal stuff.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:21 PM

Rootkits are often downloaded and installed so that they can or have the potential to become part of a bot net.

They can see anything you do on your computer.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:57 PM

This might be a really dumb question too, but what about when my internet is off? If my internet's off will I be temporarily safe from it?

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:07 PM

Yes as there is no connectivity to the machine.




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