Rootkits – how to fix them.
I helped a friend today with a particularly difficult rootkit he had on his computer. I scanned his system with 3 anti-virus programs but none of them found the issue. Even Malwarebytes which is normally solid, didn’t find the issue. I had to use RogueKiller.exe (by Tigzy) to clean the system.
RogueKiller immediately found the problem and it was linked to two Google Earth files. It cleaned it easily. You can also use other software to remove ZeroAccess rootkit.
Apparently this ZeroAccess rootkit is used for click fraud and bitcoin mining. However it can be used to install other programs so I wouldn’t ignore this kind of infection. My friend asked if a Mac would save him from this issue and the truth is that it would. It also wouldn’t. The mac gets malware and trojans as well, but Apple tends to update its scanner and stay on top of the issues. In addition the excellent Sophos for mac that I have used for years finds any PC trojans/malware and deletes them to help keep our Windows friends safe.