Rootkits – how to fix them

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.

How to discover hidden rootkits | PC News | TechRadar

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.

How to discover hidden rootkits | PC News | TechRadar.

Upgrading to OS X to 10.8 Mountain Lion with Trend Micro Security for OS X | OIT Website

Upgrading to OS X to 10.8 Mountain Lion with Trend Micro Security for OS X | OIT Website. So it seems safer to just avoid using any form of Trend Micro. It caused a problem on a friends PC last week as well so I had to remove it. Sophos has worked great for me.

Upgrading to OS X to 10.8 Mountain Lion with Trend Micro Security for OS X | OIT Website