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November 10, 2006

Warning: Microsoft bought out Sysinternals! You need to find another anti-spyware/rootkit app!

Filed under: Privacy & Security,Software,Windows — wholeshebang @ 7:39 am

Per this new Microsoft Sysinternals page, Microsoft has bought out one of the best independent security-and-utility software providers around. Many people, including myself, have depended on Sysinternals’ “Rootkit Revealer” to keep us safe from rootkits, including Microsoft’s evil spyware/rootkit known as “Windows Genuine Advantage“.

So, all of us who don’t trust Microsoft anymore than we’d trust a fox to guard a chicken (that’s all of us with brains) who have been using R.R. will have to find new software.

This happened in July of this year, and though I luckily have a version older than that, I’ve gotta figure they’ve reverse-engineered the old versions to try to get around the security software.

There’s a couple other good anti-rookit products out there. In the meantime, you should at least be running some anti-spyware (like “Spybot Search & Destroy“), unless your anti-virus includes this extra capability and specifically tells you the 2 programs might have conflicts.

Rootkits don’t just phone home (if that is what they are intended to do), they also use explicitly illegal technology to hide themselves from the O.S. and most anti-virus software. Therefore, anti-rookit software is also necessary in most cases.

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