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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The AVG Free Anti-Rootkit...

AVG has become a more popular brand it seems in the past months. I am aware that they have been around a while and have been offering free versions of their anti-virus and anti-spyware for a while as well. More recently they have seen a growth of people using this software as people migrated to Vista...who can beat free and Vista compliant all in one fail swoop. Well, now it seems they have added yet another free tool to their the form of an anti-rootkit. Unfortunately as of my last check on the AVG Anti-Rootkit page...the system requirements do not list this tool as Vista compliant. So, for now...only Windows 2000 and XP(32-bit)users will be able to take advantage of this new application/tool.

Rootkits are defined as the following via Wikipedia:
A rootkit is a set of software tools intended to conceal running processes, files or system data from the operating system. Rootkits have their origin in relatively benign applications, but in recent years have been used increasingly by malware to help intruders maintain access to systems while avoiding detection. Rootkits exist for a variety of operating systems, such as Linux, Solaris and versions of Microsoft Windows. Rootkits often modify parts of the operating system or install themselves as drivers or kernel modules.

- AVG Anti-Rootkit @ AVG

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