[AI] New malware could 'take root' in your PC
dl.vikas at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 02:11:21 EDT 2007
New malware could 'take root' in your PC
BANGALORE: There's yet another malicious code out there, trying to enslave your personal computer. It's called Rootkit and it can extend its roots deep
into your system and draw sustenance from your files and registries. A root kit is defined as a set of tools used by an intruder after cracking your computer
system. They help the attacker maintain access to your system and use it for malicious purposes. Rootkits can harness your computer to attack other systems
with routines that log every keystroke and attempt to snatch private information like passwords.
Last week, Net Security specialist McAfee placed for free download, a Rootkit Detective that can sniff out such hostile codes that might have penetrated
your PC's defences. Tell-tale signs are a tangible slowing of your machine or the glowing of the hard disk activity lamp, when you are not doing any work.
The 1.4 MB software can be downloaded at: http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/rkstinger.aspx.
Once installed, the detective does a quick survey of your hard disk and furnishes a report of all suspected Rootkits in your system. You can then delete
them. However, early users have warned that this is not one of those 'made for dummies' applications: It is safer to send the list to McAfee, using the
built-in routine, so that they can determine if the files are indeed malware - otherwise one might end up deleting essential files.
In another recent development, the global Web services company AOL has offered email users of its parent site, a free download of a suite of Net security
tools which includes a special edition of the well-known McAfee's VirusScan Plus anti virus software. Also included, are special AOL Parental Controls;
a Computer Check-up utility and protection against *phishing* - tricking users into parting with sensitive information - and *spam* - unsolicited junk
The free downloads bundled under the name "Security Central", are available at:
This is not yet linked to the India site of AOL, but there is nothing to prevent Indian users from applying for an email account from the parent site and
availing of the Net Security freebies.
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