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"rootkit"--protection And/or Detection

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#1 1Bart


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Posted 15 December 2006 - 07:02 AM

Hello Everyone!!!

I am an avid reader of this professionally run and highly regarded site. I aspire to its level of excellence. I am enjoying the speed and security that it has provided...And I want to keep it that way.....

As a novice, a little info just may be dangerous. RootKit awareness is now on the table and I am not exactly sure what it is. Malware that installs upon booting and thus avoids detection by many scans...?

I do all scans, if possible, in "Safe" mode which I have come to understand, helps in this fashion. But I believe there are specifically designed "scans" that address this specific issue.

RootKit Revealer v1.71 (231KB) by Microsoft??? appears to do this. Is this a good program for such. It does NOT seem to be "bloated" and I'm not so sure if it "installs" anything which is preferable.

This program apparently "detects" malware but does it also eliminate it? I prefer ones that do both because I do not know what to do with the results if there is no solution

Is there a "protection" of this genre of malware...or does it just fall into general active protection. It seems the thrust here is "where" the malware decides to "hide".

I am looking for "just another brick" in the wall" for the protection of the computer. Let's face it...WHERE you go is the determining factor here

Thank all of you and have a happy and healthy holiday!!!!!

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Active Protection--- AOL Security Suite..Please do not laugh....LOL

Scans--- Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, Bit-Defender-8, Windows Live One Care, Windows Defender, SpywareBlaster, AVG Anti Spyware. ALL "active" protections are OFF. Used as spot scanners...

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 07:54 AM

Interpreting the scan results of this tool would require a knowledge well above that of the average user. For more info read the article in this link:



Rustock Trojan A Model For Future Threats

By Gregg Keizer,

The tactics used by a sophisticated threat of 2006 will become staples in exploits during the year to come, a security researcher said Wednesday.
That threat, dubbed "Rustock" by Symantec, is a family of backdoor Trojan horses that first appeared nearly a year ago, says Patrick Martin, a senior product manager with the Cupertino, Calif., company's security response team.

"The techniques that [Rustock] is using will be the baseline for threats in the future," Martin says. "Attackers are looking around to see what techniques are working, then incorporating them. [Things] like this are the threats of the future."

Among Rustock's distinguishing characteristics are its heavy reliance on advanced rootkit technologies to hide from security software and its changeling-like ability to morph itself each time it infects a file.
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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:33 AM


Thanks for the great advice...and the articles. These "people" work hard at it...don't they!!???

SO, is there anything much that that a novice user can do in this respect...other than safe browsing...?

Am I correct in assuming the "Windows LiveOne care" does NOT address this issue?

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:59 AM

Rootkits: The Obscure Hacker Attack

Understanding Hidden Threats: Rootkits and Botnets

Windows rootkits in 2005, Part 1 of 3 [2005-11-04]

Windows rootkits of 2005, Part 2 of 3 [2005-11-17]

Windows rootkits of 2005, Part 3 of 3 [2006-01-05]
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