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As you know, in the Internet there is a lot of pestware which shows itself in different shapes. It can be called spyware, crapware, malware, virus etc. These are the most common threats which are able to infect your computer with the primary goal to make your files unusable, spread themselves to other machines and steal your private data. These are also the most common threats which are easily spotted by antiviruses and antispywares, so there is not anything to worry about. But are you protected from that Rootkits which cunningly is able to hide itself in your computer in such a way that even the best antivirus won’t manage to get it?

That’s the case of the almost unknown Rootkits. But, what is it? reading from Wikipedia: “A rootkit is malware that consists of a program, or combination of several programs, designed to hide or obscure the fact that a system has been compromised. Contrary to what its name may imply, a rootkit does not grant a user administrator access, as it requires prior access to execute and tamper with system files and processes. An attacker may use a rootkit to replace vital system executables, which may then be used to hide processes and files the attacker has installed, along with the presence of the rootkit.” As you may well understand antivirus companies don’t speak about this threat so willingly since most antivirus won’t be able to detect it. Anyway, don’t worry! As a matter of fact, GMER is a free application which is able to detect and uninstall rootkit in your computer in no time! GMER is able to detect and remove  rootkits by scanning your whole operating system. It scans:

  1. hidden processes
  2. hidden threads
  3. hidden modules
  4. hidden services
  5. hidden files
  6. hidden Alternate Data Streams
  7. hidden registry keys
  8. drivers hooking SSDT
  9. drivers hooking IDT
  10. drivers hooking IRP calls
  11. inline hooks

GMer is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and NT.  If you want to know more, click here. if you want to download it, click here.

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3 Comments to “How to detect and uninstall Rootkits”

  1. Dennis F. Says:

    Has anyone tried this with Win 7, 64 bit?

  2. William Says:

    Used this & have to say it is a brilliant Rootkit detecting tool.

    It found one on my system that i had aquired from a bit torrent site & highlighted the culprit in red on the Rootkit scan it was removed easily with this software but i am stuck with trying to remove the rest of the Virus Rootkit from my external hard drive which keeps reporting a system 32 problem & goes into blue screen – shuts down & restarts the machine. The external is a (Buffalo 500GB) hard drive.

    But my Security Suite (Windows Live OneCare) reports the system as being fine & upto date.

    It does however make me think that the external hard drive could be just damaged due to the previous Virus.

  3. Jacki Says:


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