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Thread: Will Future releases of Spybot detect Rootkits and hook trojans

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    Question Will Future releases of Spybot detect Rootkits and hook trojans

    Hello everyone,

    I am interested in whether or not Spybot will be able to detect Rootkits and hook type trojans and malware in the near future ? I know webroots spysweeper is detecting rootkits with their new 4.5 version.

    I am having a hard time finding anything that can detect rootkits on windows 98 systems.

    Webroot's spysweeper can do it, but it always runs sluggish and buggy on my system, so I never leave it installed and don't enjoy running the program for that reason. It would be great if spybot could detect this type of stealthed malware in the near future.

    Here is an article on Rootkits...

    http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/rootkits.htm

    I think keyloggers and trojans are the worst kind of spyware. Anything that can log all your keystrokes, take snapshots of your screen, and then report back to the author or distributor of the program is very, very bad. And now, they are using rootkits and hook techniques to hide the presence of such software from anti-spyware, anti-virus, and anti-trojan programs.

    I think anything that can be done to help detect "unknown" and/or stealthed malware would be a step in the right direction, considering the clever tactics these people are employing.

    Thanks
    John

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    Hello John.

    It is a little complicated for various reasons but the big picture regarding such matters is being looked at yes.
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    Angry I wished they would

    I wished they would . Yes it is starting to be a problem. they are eventally have to do that.

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    This link has general information about Rootkits worth reading:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit

    Apart from detection which can be very difficult with a kernal rootkit; the best recommendation is not to get infected in the first place by tightening computer security and being careful where one surfs.
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