AVG offers free anti-rootkit software

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AVG offers free anti-rootkit software

Grisoft, the maker of AVG security software, today introduced a free product designed to detect and remove rootkits.

Rootkits are a specific malware type that hide in other applications or a computer‘s operating system kernel. They allow malicious applications to then collect passwords and sensitive data from the infected computer without users' knowledge.

Rootkits have become a severe threat in comparison to traditional malware because conventional antivirus products often fail to identify them. 

Such malware execute by embedding applications within the operating system, which is also an essential application to many programs including antivirus protection, so it is important to correctly distinguish between malicious rootkits and legitimately hidden processes.

Grisoft conducted six months of open beta program testing to ensure AVG Anti- Rootkit is able to protect users and operating systems without the confusion and hassle of false alarms.

Rootkits were originally used by hackers to cover their tracks after unauthorised access to computers, but these techniques are now more commonly used to to mask the presence of malicious software used to gather and exploit personal information.

"Rootkits are computer code that attempt to hide their actions and processes, making the job of detecting the code and the harmful processes very difficult," explained Larry Bridwell, Global Security Strategist of Grisoft.

"AVG Anti-Rootkit is developed to detect and destroy rootkits effectively, without bothering users with false alarms."
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