Rootkit is a program that was created to hide the presence of different malicious programs in the system. This program also can be used in order to make the hacker activity invisible, if he controls your computer right now, but it is a rare case. Rootkit is usually installed in the system immediately after the infection (protected by this rootkit) gets the superuser rights. If you want to perform rootkit removal with your own efforts, then you should use the instructions from this page. You are welcome also to use the fast method that will help you to get rid of rootkits in several minutes, you can download it for here:
There are several types of malicious programs that use rootkits in order to be hidden in the system, they are keyloggers, Trojans, sniffers, etc. Rootkit hides the files of these programs, their processes and lets the infections to root into the system. Besides, rootkits hides itself (its drivers and services) and any registry keys that were written in his configuration.
There are also some legal rootkits that protect files from copying. Legal rootkits differ from illegal by the method of their installation: legal rootkits can be installed only with the consent of the owner of the PC.
You should know that it is very hard to detect and remove rootkits because they have immunity to some antivirus scanners due to increased privilege levels in the operating system, but still it is possible.
Instructions of rootkit removal
As I already said it is possible to remove rootkit form your computer, but you should follow the items in the instruction one by one:
- You should open Task Manager and try to find the process of the infection. It will look suspiciously, for example it can have a random name that consists of numbers and letters. Usually the name of the process is very long.
- If you see such a process, then you can use any antimalware program, because the rootkit will be detected and probably removed. If the program does not detect the rootkit, but the process is visible, then you should find the information about this process on the Web and be sure that it is not a system process. If it is 100% malicious, then you should stop it. Just highlight the process and press the End process button.
- If Task Manager does not show any strange processes, then you can install Process Explorer (the analogue of Task Manager) and find the strange process there.
If the rootkit hides its process and all other its traces, then you should use any other method, for example, you can use the special utility that will detect and remove rootkits in the system. You have the opportunity to download Rootkit Removal Tool for free at the top of this page.
This utility will scan your computer for the traces of rootkits for free and will show you the results. To be honest with you, I should say that the removal is paid ($19,99), but effective.
Material provided by: Alesya Orlova