Rootkit is a program that hides itself deep into a computer’s operating system, which allows external users to operate and control the computer’s system from outside.
While it opens the door to areas, which are forbidden to unauthorized users, it also has the ability to hide its presence, which makes them almost impossible to detect and remove.
The funny story about this type of malware is that they have been around for more than twenty years, but in the beginning, they weren’t malicious programs at all. They were rather used as a part of totally legitimate applications.
Once cyber criminals discovered the interesting nature of rootkits, the term got a negative connotation. Because of its association with malware, it is now known as a very common tool for malicious attacks.
What Does Rootkit Stand For?
“Root” stands for a UNIX/Linux term that’s the equivalent of Administrator in Windows and “kit” refers to the software components.
How Does a Rootkit Work?
The attacker installs a rootkit on users PC once they get the Administrator access which is only possible with a direct attack on a PC’s system, which can be done by exploiting a known vulnerability or a password.
Once installed, it will hide deep into the system and get full control over it.
How to Remove Rootkit?
Since the nature of a rootkit allows it to hide itself very deep and embed itself into the operating system it is very hard to detected it. However, it must be removed as soon as possible since it works in such a way that many legitimate and important function calls and data are passed through their oversight which can cause many damage to the owner of the PC.
It is important to emphasize that this kind of infection must be removed very carefully. Otherwise, you can break some vital functionality of the operating system and make even worse damage.
Long story short, removal process is not easy and if you are infected you may want to install a specialized rootkit removal software tool which will remove the infection easily without damaging your operating system.
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