From Allowing A Rootkit To Removing A Rootkit

In todays tech savvy society, computers are becoming a tool dependent upon by a huge percentage of individuals and business’s well being. One of the most prevalent threats to the usefulness and functionality of that tool stem from rootkits. It is extremely difficult to detect rootkits and even more difficult to remove rootkits. These are very dangerous to your system and must be addressed as soon as possible.

What is a Rootkit?

In summary, a rootkit is malicious software that hides in other files to invade your computer with intentions of creating a gateway for perilous activity through operating systems and web browsers such as intercepting incoming and outgoing data through network connections, terminals, and memory. The rootkit hides such threats as malicious files, software programs, and user accounts which breed and facilitate Trojans and Viruses. The effectiveness of rootkits stems from its ability to boot up faster in your computer system than your computers operating system. This allows this software to go undetected because the anti-spyware/anti-virus/anti-malware program that your computer could be running will also not boot up faster than the rootkit. This keeps your computer at constant risk of whatever threats are compatible with this software online.

How Did I Allow My Computer To Get A Rootkit?

There are numerous ways that a computer can be infected by a rootkit. The sole reason all these ways are made possible is through insufficient or outdated anti-spyware/anti-virus/anti-malware. The one that combats against these types of threats best is Kaspersky Anti-Virus Products. The following is a short list of some of the ways your computer can be infiltrated once anti-spyware/anti-virus/anti-malware is compromised:

* Downloading illegally
* Watching porn
* Using infected USB devices
* Using outdated web browsers
* Accessing Rogue Websites
* Opening Online Media Without Scanning For Viruses First
* Etc

It gets in without you realizing your computer is infected with a virus.

How Can I Detect A Rootkit?

Unless you have a search redirect virus, rootkit infections are virtually impossible to detect without some sort of rootkit tool that detects them. Those can be found all over the internet. We found a great list full of up to date options to chose from at http://www.technibble.com/rootkit-detection-and-removal-tools/. These infections are immune to most malware scanners.

How Do I Remove A Rootkit?

Removing a rootkit can be very tricky because you want to make sure that you only delete rootkit and not something of importance to your system. Also, they are hidden so deep in your system that you will want to have some sort of backup option in place and technical support available to prevent the loss of anything pertinent. In other words, you’re going to need tools. From my research, the most effective steps are as follows:

1. Back up any important information on your computer
2. Update Operating System, Web Browsers, Drivers, and Applications
3. Download TDSS Killer here
4. Follow the above steps and get a good ant-virus like Kaspersky Lab

From there your problem should be resolved.

This is one of the most cost efficient ways to resolve this issue for someone very tech savvy who can restore his/her system worst case scenario. There are professionals out there online and offline that can help you out once you’ve determined that a rootkit is you problem. If you’re not, this can put your system at risk. So, be careful with whatever route you choose.

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