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Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System

In October 2005, Windows expert Mark Russinovich broke the news about a truly underhanded copy-protection technology that had gone horribly wrong. Certain Sony Music CDs came with a program that silently loaded itself onto your PC when you inserted the disc into a CD-ROM drive. Extended Copy Protection (or XCP, as it was called) stymied attempts to rip the disc by injecting a rootkit into Windows — but had a nasty tendency to destabilize the computer it shoehorned itself into. It also wasn't completely invisible: Russinovich's own RootkitRevealer turned it up in short order. Before long, Sony had a whole omelette's worth of egg on its face, and the word rootkit had entered the vocabulary of millions of PC users.

Six Rootkit Detectors

•  Introduction

•  F-Secure BlackLight

•  IceSword

•  RKDetector

•  RootkitBuster

•  RootkitRevealer

•  Rootkit Unhooker

•  Conclusions

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