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SophosAntiRootkit

Sophos Anti-Rootkit - easy to use scanner

review from ClifNotes, Updated Sep 2008, Aug 2006 • permalinkAdware & Spyware Removal

 

What's the big deal? Who cares if there are few files on my computer that I cannot see and that are doing things I have no control over?

 

In past issues, I've tried to describe to you what a rootkit is. If you do care about little things like your privacy and your pocket book, this little tool from Sophos will help bring you a little more security.

 

I tried it and I was truly impressed with how simple they made the interface and the scanning results. I think a five year old child could easily run this scan for me.

 

The download is a bit over 1 meg and does require installation. I was curious and after I installed it, I copied the program folder into my portable folder. Then I uninstalled Sophos. I tried running it as a stand-alone app and it seems to work fine. This could probably be dropped onto a USB thumb drive and used for scanning a friend's PC.

 

 

Quote from the website

Our free software, Sophos Anti-Rootkit, finds and removes any rootkit that is hidden on your computer using advanced rootkit detection technology.

 

Rootkits can lie hidden on computers and remain undetected by anti-virus software. Although new rootkits can be prevented from infecting the system, if you had any rootkits before you installed your anti-virus, they may never be revealed.

 

Removing rootkits without compromising system integrity is particularly challenging and needs to be done with care.

 

Sophos Anti-Rootkit Home Page

Skip the registration and download it here

 

Credit goes to Giorgos in Greece for bringing this program to my attention.