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Rootkit threat in windows environment

After Microsoft Warns of New Security Threat System monitoring programs, called rootkits, may pose a serious danger to your PC. it is time to see what offering is available to protect our PCs…

A root kit is a set of tools used by an intruder after cracking a computer system. These tools can help the attacker maintain his or her access to the system and use it for malicious purposes. Root kits exist for a variety of operating systems such as #Linux, Solaris, and versions of Microsoft Windows. [WikiPedia]

The windows rootkit threat has never been so high as today: Rootkit creators turn professional
All major antivirus software are now starting to provide solutions with more or less sucess:

  • Symantec Hacktool.Rootkit comprises a set of programs and scripts that work together to allow attackers to break into a system. If Hacktool.Rootkit is detected on a system, it is very likely that an attacker has gained complete control of that system. All files that are detected as Hacktool.Rootkit should be deleted. Infected systems may need to be restored from backups or patched to restore security.
  • Sysinternal is a company more known for his hacking or developer tool, but they have been the first to give away a free rootkit revealer and detection program.
  • F-Secure Corp has added rootkit-detection features to its product suite: F-secure Blacklist
  • Microsoft Strider Ghostbuster is a future tool from the Giant.

The only problem is that the only solution is to restore your system by using a "non corrupted" os version (the problem is to have enough backup)…

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I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.