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'Root kits' - question about how they work..

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#1 nexus666


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 04:14 AM

so i have been infected with root kits before on various comps and have become a bit paranoid about typing anything in nowdays.  anyways, i realized that i really have no comprehension of how they really even function and was curious.  


mainly, i'm trying to wrap my brain around how it works.  so is it like, when a rootkit infected computer boots up... does a remote hacker have their own entire desktop alternate loaded operating system that comes up?   or is it invisible cmd type lines they can input ?  i'm just trying to grasp how it all really works.  when a comp gets 'rooted' does that mean theres an entire different desktop running or is it much more simple than that?    just tying to understand how all this works... i know they are typically used to install keyloggers and the like, but i can't really visually grasp what it looks like on the remote hackers side and was wondering.  

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 05:32 AM

A basic guide to a Rootkit -From Wikipedia
General guide ZeroAccess RootKit Activity from Symantec (Norton)
TDSSKiller Download - Bleeping Computer
These types of programs are typically harder to remove than generic malware, which is the reason that stand-alone utilities such as TDSSKiller have been developed.

You might post the same question, or look for answers in the Antivirus / Antimalware Forum area.


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